Teaching Gentleness to Little Ones
Teaching Gentleness is a very important part of parenting so it’s good to start teaching this trait very young. Gentleness begins with you as a parent; it is important to model gentleness in your tone of voice and your actions. Modeling is the best way to teach your child; they will imitate you from a young age so be sure to show gentleness in all that you do. Little ones often hit others as a reaction to their frustration so they need a reminder of what God made their hands for. When this happens with the little ones I work with, I will take them aside away from the situation to have a chat with them. I remind them that God did not make our hand for hitting; I say God made our hand to work, love, hug, pray, and praise. I will take their hands and show them how to be gentle by rubbing their face softly. We will often clap together or raise our hand in praise. We will laugh and pretend we are working by acting like we are hammering or driving the school bus. If you do this often, it will become their “go to” and you will see less hitting and more loving. This works better than repeating comments like “stop hitting” and other comments. You can also pray over them and use the scripture from James 1:19 “Be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry.” As you pray God’s word over them, put their name in the scriptures like this: “I thank you Lord that my child________ is quick to listen….and trust that God’s word is powerful enough to bring change.