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by Anita Polly

Anita Polly lives with her husband and two golden retrievers, Merlin and Maverick.

Anita has two beautiful children who inspire her and keep her on her toes. Family always comes first, and nothing beats a long lazy Sunday afternoon lunch surrounded by her loved ones.

Other than writing, you can regularly find Anita pounding the roads of whichever country she is in. A passionate runner and traveler, Anita has completed many ultra marathons and marathons. "Running helps me put things into perspective, and I love being outdoors, just me and the road."

Anita's favorite characteristic in a person is kindness, and as best as she can, she lives her own life accordingly.

"The goal of my books is to encourage children to be kind and mindful of their behavior. It is a challenging world children are growing up in. I hope my books help children navigate these waters more confidently, kindly, and ultimately happier."

Julie is a children's book illustrator and designer from Argentina. She comes from a long line of sculptors and artists but has chosen to express herself in the digital and editorial realms.

Julie has seen first-hand the impact a book can have on a child's mind. She regularly reads bedtime stories to her three nieces and nephews about protecting nature. This is very important to her, and she wants to spread this message as much as she can.

She is currently pursuing a degree in anthropology with a specialty in ecology.

While working with such great writers as Anita Polly, she uses her skills to guide new generations and fight for a better future for them.

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Anita Polly is the author and creator of a unique little superhero called Hero.

Hero is a young boy who recognizes that he can change many things in his world by being kind, inclusive, thoughtful, and in control of his emotions. These are all challenges that children face daily.

Through being mindful of his behavior, Hero sets off on many missions to help him understand himself and his environment to make his world happier.

'Hero Learns about Kindness' is the first in a series of five books that cover the following Social and Emotional Learning opportunities:


These beautifully illustrated rhyming books will entertain and educate children of all ages.

Highly recommended for parents, educators, and anyone who works with children.


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Through her books, Anita aims to raise awareness of bees and the critical role they play in our environment. "Many children are scared of bees. Bees will not sting you unless they are protecting their home or themselves. They have a lot of important work to do, so be sure to walk carefully over flowers and bee kind when you see them! I hope children develop a better understanding of just how amazing bees are and how important they are to the survival of our planet. "

Officially declared, the most important living being on the planet, protecting bees and preserving their natural habitats is becoming increasingly important.

Bees have an important role to play in maintaining our planet. We need them to pollinate the food we need to survive and many of the trees and flowers that provide habitats for lots of other wildlife.

Simply put, we cannot live without bees.

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Start young 

You can't suddenly spring responsibility on a child and expect them to know how to follow through. Start by giving them small tasks like putting away their toys or making their bed.

Be a good role model 

One of the best ways to engender responsible behavior is to be a good role model with your own possessions – put your car keys where they belong instead of on the dining room table, and tidy up your stack of magazines instead of leaving them all over the couch. 

Choose age-appropriate tasks Give your child appropriate chores for their age and abilities. For example, a 4 year old might be able to help set the table, while an 8 year old might be able to help with yard work. 

Create opportunities Household chores can be the perfect arena for teaching responsibility. You're the supervisor, so there's no risk of your child failing in public, yet they can complete a task on their own. 

Provide tools that support responsibility  Does your child have the tools they need to be organized, on time and self-disciplined? Find tools that will shift those responsibilities onto your child. 

Let your child exercise autonomy  

If you always do your child's thinking for them, they'll never get the chance to learn. Let your child exercise this ability. If you constantly remind them about things, they won't grow and understand that they need to remember things on their own. 

Stepping back  

Stepping back also means letting kids occasionally fail, which can help build their resilience. Choose low-stakes moments to let them flounder. 

Provide feedback 

Be sure to provide frequent, clear, concrete feedback about your child's efforts; tell your child precisely which behaviors did or did not work well, then give your child a chance to fix them. 

When teaching responsibility, it's important to remember that it's not just about getting things done – it's also about developing character traits like honesty and dependability that will serve your child well throughout their life.


How You can Help Your Child

As parents, we want our children to grow up as kind, compassionate, and empathetic individuals who respect and celebrate diversity. But how can we encourage diverse behavior in our children? Here are some practical tips to help promote diversity and inclusivity in children.

Teach Cultural Sensitivity 

Teaching cultural sensitivity to children is a crucial aspect of encouraging diverse behavior. Exposing them to different cultures through books, movies, music, and art is a great way to start. Children's books with diverse characters and cultures can help children learn about different backgrounds and lifestyles. Parents can also expose children to different foods from different cultures and teach them about the importance of respecting other religious and cultural traditions. Encourage your children to ask questions and learn more about different cultures. 

Encourage Inclusive Language

Language is a powerful tool that can be used to promote inclusivity. As parents, we must teach our children to use language that is inclusive and respectful of all people. Encourage your children to use gender-neutral pronouns and avoid using words that are derogatory or harmful to others. Parents should also correct their children when they use hurtful language or make assumptions based on stereotypes. Using positive language to describe people from different backgrounds can also help promote diversity and inclusivity.

Model Inclusive Behavior 

Children learn best by example. As parents, we must model inclusive behavior to encourage diverse behavior in our children. We must lead by example and show our children that we respect and celebrate diversity. Parents should be mindful of their biases and prejudices and work to overcome them. Children learn from their parent's attitudes and behaviors, so modeling inclusive behavior is essential. 

Encourage Friendship with Diverse Groups

Encouraging children to make friends with people from different backgrounds is an excellent way to promote diversity and inclusivity. Parents can enroll their children in diverse extracurricular activities, such as sports teams or clubs with a diverse membership. Parents should encourage their children to participate in cultural events and festivals celebrating diversity. These experiences help children learn about different cultures and develop empathy and understanding for people from different backgrounds. 

Teach the Value of Diversity 

Teaching children about the value of diversity is critical in encouraging diverse behavior. Parents can teach their children about the importance of respecting and celebrating differences in people. Emphasizing the similarities and differences between people can help children understand and appreciate diversity.

Parents can help their children understand the negative impact of discrimination and prejudice. Children need to understand that everyone deserves respect, regardless of their background. In conclusion, encouraging diverse behavior in children requires intentional effort and consistent modeling of inclusive behavior. 

By teaching cultural sensitivity, encouraging inclusive language, modeling inclusive behavior, encouraging friendship with diverse groups, and teaching the value of diversity, parents can help their children develop into empathetic and compassionate individuals who respect and celebrate diversity.


Crucial social development

Diversity is more than the variety of people and cultures in the world. Our environment also has a range of perspectives, ideas, and beliefs.

Diversity is something that you will find in every part of the world and helping children to understand and respect diversity is not only necessary, but it is also crucial to their social development.

When we teach children to appreciate and respect diversity, we are helping them to understand the different ways in which people can be different.

They will become better equipped to empathize and develop more understanding and compassion for others. As you help your child to learn about diversity, it is essential to remember that this is a lengthy process.

There may be a time when your child will experience a form of prejudice or discrimination, and it is crucial to help them to understand what is happening and how to deal with it. If your child experiences prejudice or discrimination, it is vital to have open and honest conversations with them. These conversations will help them to process their feelings, understand that they are not alone, and help them develop a better understanding of why it happened.

By helping children to understand the importance of appreciating and respecting other people's differences, you can ensure they have the tools they need to deal with these situations much better and more confidently.


Start early and be open-minded

As parents, having conversations about diversity with our children can be challenging. We want to ensure our children understand different cultures, religions, and beliefs, but we may not be sure how to start the conversation. The best thing parents can do is to start early and be open-minded to learning about diversity with their children. 

Here are a few tips to help get you started:

Introduce Your Child to Different Cultures: Invite your child to explore different cultures and learn about their language, customs, and values. This can be done through books, music, art, or even a cultural festival or museum trip.

Involve Your Child in Community Programs: Look for opportunities to participate in community programs celebrating diversity. This could include attending a cultural fair, a film screening, or a talk about a particular culture. 

Create a Positive Environment at Home: Make sure your home is safe and welcoming for everyone, regardless of race, ethnicity, or religion. Model acceptance and respect for all people in your home and encourage your child to do the same. 

Talk Openly About Diversity: Talk to your child about diversity honestly and openly. This can be done through conversations as well as example settings. Be sure to let your child know that everyone is equal and should be treated with respect. 

Celebrate Diversity: Celebrate the diversity in your community and in the world. Attend events and festivals celebrating different cultures and allow your child to learn and experience different cultures first-hand.


Time, persistence and patience

Model kindness yourself. Children learn by example, so adults need to be kind and compassionate in their interactions with others. 

Encourage empathy. Help children understand what others are feeling by asking open-ended questions and encouraging them to put themselves in others' shoes.

Praise and reward kind behavior. When children are kind to others, acknowledge and praise their behavior.

Teach children to apologize and make amends. When children make mistakes, teach them to take responsibility for their actions and to make amends.

Provide opportunities for children to help others. Encourage children to participate in volunteer activities or to do acts of kindness for family members and friends. Talk about kindness with children.

Have regular conversations with children about what it means to be kind and how they can be kind to others.

Encourage children to practice mindfulness and self-compassion. Mindfulness and self-compassion can help children be more aware of their own feelings and the feelings of others, which can lead to greater empathy and kindness.

Involve children in activities that foster kindness and community. Activities such as gardening, cooking, sharing, and helping others can be a great way to encourage children to be kind and compassionate.

Remember that kindness is a habit; it takes time, patience, and persistence to develop. With these guidelines and consistent efforts, you can help children become kinder and more compassionate.


Bee Awareness

Bees play a vital role in our ecosystem, and children need to understand the importance of these little insects.

Not only do bees pollinate plants and flowers, but they also help to produce honey and other bee products that are used in various ways.

One of the most important things children can learn about bees is that they are an essential part of the food chain. Without bees, many plants and flowers would be unable to reproduce, which would have a ripple effect on the entire ecosystem. Birds, butterflies, and other insects also rely on bees for food, so a decline in bee populations would also harm these animals.

Another essential aspect of bees that children should learn about is their behavior and social structure. Bees live in colonies. Each colony has a queen bee, worker bees, and drones. Each bee plays a significant role in the colony's survival.

Children can also learn about the different types of bees, such as honeybees, bumblebees, and mason bees. Each type of bee has its unique characteristics and behaviors, and children can learn about how these bees contribute to the ecosystem.

In addition to learning about the ecological importance of bees, children can also learn about the practical uses of bees and bee products. For example, honey is a delicious and healthy sweetener that can be used in various ways. Beeswax can be used to make candles and other products, while propolis, a sticky substance produced by bees, has medicinal properties.

Educating children about bees' importance and role in the ecosystem will help them understand the environment. 

Understanding the behavior and social structure of bees, the different types of bees, and the practical uses of bees and their products can help children appreciate and value the importance of these fantastic little insects in our world.


Kindness guidelines for children

Treat others how you want to be treated, which is a great reminder always to be considerate of other people's feelings.

Listen to others. Showing that you are genuinely interested in what someone has to say is a simple yet powerful way to be kind. 

Help others. Small acts of kindness can make a big difference, whether picking up something someone dropped or offering to help with a task.

Be inclusive. Include others in your games and activities, and make sure that everyone feels welcome and included.

Show empathy. Try to understand how others feel and offer support when needed.  

Say kind words. Compliment someone on their appearance or actions, or say "please" and "thank you" often.  

Show gratitude. Express your gratitude for the people and things in your life.  

Practice forgiveness. Holding grudges only causes negative feelings. Practice forgiving others to promote kindness.  

Be patient. Being kind also means being patient with others and giving them the time and space they need to do things their way. 

Set a good example. Children learn by example, so be kind to others and show them through your actions.

It's important to remember that kindness is a habit, and it takes practice to make it a part of our daily lives.

Encourage children to practice kindness daily, and remind them that small acts of kindness can make a big difference!


Power of Kindness

Children are naturally curious and empathetic creatures. From a young age, they are eager to explore the world around them and connect with others. As parents, educators, and caregivers, it is our responsibility to nurture and guide this innate sense of kindness in children. Teaching children about kindness and empathy can not only help them become better people, but it can also improve their overall well-being and happiness.
One of the best ways to nurture kindness in children is through simple acts of compassion and empathy. This can be as simple as encouraging children to share with others, to say please and thank you, and to help others when they need it. These small acts of kindness can have a big impact on a child's development and can lead to more significant acts of compassion as they grow older.
It's also important to lead by example, Showing children how to be kind and compassionate is crucial, when you are kind and compassionate, your children are more likely to be too.
Another important aspect of teaching kindness to children is helping them understand and appreciate the perspectives and emotions of others. Children who can empathize with others are more likely to show kindness and compassion. Role-playing, story-telling and giving opportunities for children to practice empathy like through volunteering or community service can be effective ways to help children develop this skill.
Kindness is a powerful tool that can make a positive impact on the world. Teaching children to be kind, empathetic, and compassionate will not only make them better people but also build a better society. As children grow, their kindness will affect those around them, and it will have a ripple effect. We all have a role to play in shaping the future, and by teaching children about kindness, we can help create a more compassionate and empathetic world for all."

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