Teaching Kids to Love Others

Self Pity is one of the greatest sources of unhappiness. On the other hand one of the greatest sources of happiness is in helping other people.

We all have problems we are dealing with. If we stay focused on our problems we can become depressed. When we shift our focus to helping others it not only helps them but our problems become smaller.

Kids are naturally self-centered. They tend to see the world from their point of view. This is why seemingly minor things can become a big deal to kids.

As parents and teachers there are things we can do to motivate our kids to think about serving others.

Here are some suggestions:

  1. 1. Stop complaining about the chores you have to do.
  2. Surprise your parents by washing the dishes.
  3. Help your brother or sister make their bed.
  4. Help your friend with their homework.
  5. Make a choice to be nice to the new kid at school.
  6. Stand up for the kid that is being bullied.
  7. Sing songs at the local nursing home.
  8. Serve in a ministry at church.
  9. Bring in the neighbors trashcans.
  10. Offer to take your neighbors dog for a walk.
  11. Put some of your allowance in the offering at church.
  12. Say kind words to you sister such as, “You’re nice”.
  13. Give away your Christmas presents once a year.
  14. Draw a picture for grandma.
  15. Forgive the kid that was mean to you.

The list is endless as the needs are endless.

After making some of your suggestions, ask your kids for their suggestions. People have more of a tendency to follow through when the activity is their idea.

What are some activities you have done to teach kids about serving & loving others?

Did you know that we have 12 weeks of curriculum that teach this too, not just about loving others, but loving God, and loving yourself? Not only that but the Agape Curriculum comes in Super Church 2.0 (geared towards Grade school ages) and Kinder Church 2.0 (geared toward Preschoolers).

Mark Harper

Mark Harper

Pastor, Filmmaker and Coach, Mark Harper has over 30 years of experience in the local church. He is the creator of the Super Church 2.0 Curriculum, which is used in over 5,000 churches worldwide. The focus of Mark’s ministry is helping leaders build strong churches and helping parents build strong families.
Not only has Mark served in the local church as pastor, associate pastor, and family ministry pastor but he is also a certified coach with the John Maxwell Team.
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2 thoughts on “Teaching Kids to Love Others

  1. Jeanne Bowser says:

    Thank you Mark. I have this curriculum of yours and I will teach it again in August, in time for back to school. Like your awesome list on what kids can do to serve others.

  2. Jeanne Bowser says:

    I get kids to take attendance; the leaders we are training; put Bibles up; give out visitor packs, and help with Media, etc.

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