12 Days of Kindness

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Meet Ayana, mother behind the blog Little Prince Leopold! Ayana is from Columbia in South Carolina and is a mother to two, Leopold (3 years) and Finley (2 months). We asked her to share with us her thoughts about raising empathetic children. Here’s what she had to say:

It’s never too early to start teaching your children empathy and encouraging kindness. Boys and girls alike benefit from kindness and empathy and it’s up to us to raise the next generation to be kind and loving!

I want to raise my son and daughter to be kind, loving and empathetic human beings. That no matter where you are in life, you can always lend a hand to someone in need. I’m already very proud of Leopold’s ability to compliment people. He is never afraid to tell someone “I like your sweater!” or even “Ooh, I love your shower head” (True statement). Just a small compliment goes a long way, especially coming from a toddler, as toddlers are notorious for their blatant honesty.

We used Baby Erik as a tool for Leopold to prepare him for his baby sister early this year. Leopold has always had the sweetest little disposition and I am sure baby Erik (and later, Cutie Karin) helped him mentally get ready to care for, love and be gentle with his baby sister.

This Christmas consider how you can show your children how to be kind. Instead of 12 days with treats and gifts, try 12 days of kindness. Remember that your children are watching you. Show them how to be the kind of person you hope for them to become! Check out my latest blog post for some12 days of kindness ideas and inspiration.

If you got inspired by Ayana, like we did, follow her at @littleprinceleopold to connect with her!

For more empathy exercises for your child(ren) this Christmas, click HERE.


We would love to hear how you teach or plan to teach empathy and kindness to your child(ren)! Share your thoughts on Instagram OR Facebook. We will selec 1 winner on the 3rd of January 2019 who will receive a Rubens Barn of their choice!


We will be sharing some of our favorite stories from you on our Instagram and Facebook. All you need to do is:

Post a photo of your child (ren) with their Rubens Barn. Add a short text about how you teach empathy to your child(ren). Hashtag #shapingakinderfuture!

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