Knowing and teaching God’s kindness.
Hey everyone! I’m excited to share with you more about my fourth social story, I Can Be Kind! This one has been my top seller by far! Kindness can cover a lot of ground as you teach social skills. I hope you find it helpful if you decide to purchase!
I don’t know about you, but I don’t particularly like to be around people who are grumpy, selfish, and rude. (and then there’s the self check moment…how often have I been that way myself…that’s a hard pill to swallow some days.)
Kindness is a fruit of the spirit – meaning, it’s the result of love pouring out of us as we receive God’s perfect love in our own hearts. Kindness is selfless, a choice that we make. We show it because we know that God’s love is unconditional and we want ours to be too, not necessarily because we think we’ll receive anything in return. In my opinion, that’s the hardest part to explain to kids as they grow spiritually (especially if you can’t plainly tell them where this love comes from.) Thankfully, we have a perfect example of kindness!
Or do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, forbearance, (restraint) and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repentance?Romans 2:4
I’m going to save myself from writing many paragraphs of background and skip over the “or do you show contempt” part (I encourage you to read this chapter of Romans on your own though – it’s a deep section of scripture.) So…it’s God’s kindness that draws us back to Him when we’ve messed up. If you’re a born again believer, I’m sure you feel as I do at times…that I am constantly needing to repent, and doesn’t God just get tired of this from me??
Absolutely not! He longs for us to always return. And in His kindness, He remains faithful to His Word, never leaving or forsaking us (Deuteronomy 31:6.) No matter what! Nothing can ever separate us from His love (Romans 8:38-39). We can come boldly to Him, as I wrote about in more detail in my post two weeks ago (Hebrews 4:16.) Just those few reminders bring me to a place of repentance, wanting to change my attitude and life so that it reflects His.
As we teach this to our kids, we need to remember the reason why we are kind, even if we can’t explicitly tell them the real reason. So that in those moments when we don’t feel like being kind, we are anyways.
The social story…
Here is the general layout of the story and the elements involved:
- descriptions of what kindness is: gentle, helpful, and caring
- examples of how to simply show kindness by being a servant
- application of kindness characteristics when presented with specific scenarios
- problem solving situations for students to respond to
- INTERACTIVE IMAGES on every page for learners to engage with – these make great talking points and give struggling learners some social clues.
I included a page for further application, giving many suggestions for how to practice kindness. Additionally, I created a poster that lists the possible ways to be kind that were included in the story.
I hope you’ll find this resource as helpful as many already have. And may God fill you with His unconditional love as you pour out your kindness on your students, making a difference in their lives again today. You’ve got this!