For World Kindness Day, I am really happy to share with you Highlights’ State of the Kid 2017 survey because it gives great insight into what kids are thinking. Growing up in today’s world with so much scary stuff happening in the news can’t help but have some effect on kids. The answers children shared in Highlights’ State of the Kid 2017 survey — sometimes poignant, sometimes funny, but always honest — are really insightful about what they are thinking and noticing about the world today. This post is sponsored by Highlight’s, children’s magazines and books, but all opinions expressed are my own.
The State Of The Kid: Survey Reveals What Kids Are Thinking
Each year, Highlights (creators of the most-read children’s magazine in North America) surveys kids, ages 6-12, on their thoughts, opinions and observations about the world in which they live. This annual State of the Kid survey offers insight into what children think about topics on which we normally only get adult perspectives. This year, Highlights decided to focus on kindness and empathy for the State of the Kid survey because we are confronted with almost daily images of intolerance and conflict.
If Kids Could Change One Thing About The World, It Would Be…
Highlights wanted to find out how much of this conflict are kids seeing and how is it influencing their thinking about how we talk to and behave with one another? Kids’ answers- sometimes poignant, sometimes funny, but always honest— are full of insight into what kids are really thinking and noticing about the world today. In fact, nearly half of all kids reported that if they could change one thing in the world, they’d add more kindness. When Highlights asked the same question in 2010, pollution/recycling was their top priority.
“We should have more kindness in the world,” said one child, “because it makes people feel good about themselves.” Leave it to kids to recognize the simple, basic truths, that sometimes we can grow blind to as adults or just get too busy to think about. More kindness certainly makes everything feel better and it even has positive effects on our bodies!
ThisWorld Kindness Day Spread Kindness With Your Child
November 13th is World Kindness Day 2017! That means it is the perfect time to spread kindness and talk with our kids about the value of being kind to those around us. If you are wondering how to talk to your kid, the Highlights experts provide lots of advice to parents on how to best have conversations around kindness and empathy with children. By sharing and discussing kindness together, you’ll help encourage your child’s social and emotional learning. Visit highlights.com/state-of-the-kid-2017 for some great parent resources for raising kind, empathetic kids.