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Virtues for all Kids - Table of Contents

1. Teaching Kids About Forgiveness
2. Teaching Kids to Accept Delayed Satisfaction
3. Teaching Kids that Being Kind to Others Feels Good
4. Teaching Kids How to Listen to Their Conscience
5. Teaching Kids How to Practice Being Nice
6. Teaching Kids Good Character Skills
7. Teaching Kids How to Be Helpful
Yoga for all Kids ebook / book with more than 15 additional virtues - social skills

Teaching Kids About Forgiveness

by Susan Kramer

Learning how to forgive others and forgive ourselves when we make mistakes is a lifetime asset. Kids of most abilities can learn about forgiving and then use it with family, friends, at school or work and at play, both giving and receiving. It is a valuable social skill.

Forgiving others and being forgiven

For example, when outdoors playing and you fall over a wagon that your classmate left off the track, it is better to forgive that person for their forgetfulness than hold a grudge and lose out on their friendship for a little while or in the long run. After all, one day you may become distracted and leave a toy in the midst of others playing which someone is bound to trip over. You would want them to forgive you rather than not play with you again.

Forgiving is both giving pardon and receiving pardon, and these are skills that when practiced daily preserve the peace, and preserve harmony all around.

Forgiving ourselves

Forgiving ourselves for not being perfect and making mistakes and errors in judgement is very important, so that we can keep trying and not hold ourselves back in our progress in maturing. We need to move on and learn the skills we will need as adults to successfully navigate in society - at work and in friendships.

And as we grow into adulthood we need to forgive ourselves for our errors in judgement so we can go right on and try more and more new ways of proceeding and not get stuck in a groove of remorse.

Methods of forgiveness

Saying "I'm sorry" is the way most of know to ask for forgiveness, especially when we've hurt someone's feelings or accidentally broken another's toy. It feels better to say the words and preserve the friendship than try to hide from what you've done.

And we forgive ourselves from our mistakes by deciding to change our behavior in the future, and by realizing everyone makes mistakes and it is okay, it does not mean we are bad.

Forgiving others and ourselves is an important skill in living, giving us opportunities to keep going forward with peace and harmony in our lives. It is a skill to learn and practice growing up so it becomes a regular habit when needed.

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Yoga for all Kids, Preschoolers to Teens
Yoga for all Kids, Preschoolers to Teens by Susan Kramer

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