4 Ways To Teach Your Child Humility

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TweetPin24KShare139Share25K Shares For the past couple of weeks, my hubby and I have been attempting…

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For the past couple of weeks, my hubby and I have been attempting to teach Ju a few new words and phrases. Although he still primarily speaks baby gibberish, he does know how to say words like ‘Mom’, ‘Dad’, and ‘Bye’. 

Currently his new favorite word is ‘Thank You’ – which sounds more like ‘Tank Que’ – but I’m absolutely loving it!

He has also been mommy’s little helper lately and loves to clap once he’s done helping ‘clean up’. 

Although I know that it’s all apart of his development at this age, it reminded me that humility is an extremely important characteristic to instill in our children- especially while they’re young!

Humility: (adj) freedom from pride or arrogance; modest or meek in spirit or manner.
– Merriam-Webster

Don’t you just love that definition?!

I knew that I wanted to be intentional about teaching Ju humility but I had no idea where to start. 

After a whole lot of brainstorming and a little trail and error, I’ve discovered a few super easy ways that you can use to teach your little ones humility. 


Brilliant advice on how to get your toddler to listen!

Teach Them To Be Helpful

Being helpful is such a core element of what it means to be humble. By teaching children to be helpful, you’re teaching them to put themselves aside to help someone else. 

Eventually your child will learn to recognize when there is a need and you may be surprised at how eager they are to help.

There are a ton of ways that you can teach your little one to be helpful.

It can be something as small as opening a door for someone. Or if you have a younger child like I do, you could teach them to be helpful by encouraging them to assist you as you pick up their toys. 

I’ve tried this technique with Ju and it’s been amazing to see just how excited he is to help.

And of course, always praise your little one for all their hard work!

Teach Them To Be Apologetic

A huge part of being humble is being genuinely apologetic when mistakes are made. Although my son hasn’t yet developed empathy (most children don’t until they’re at least 18mo), it’s important that I model it for him in the meantime.

I also believe that it’s important to apologize to my son if I’ve wronged him in any way. While he may not fully understand now, I believe that it’s okay for children to see their parents put their pride aside and acknowledge their children’s feelings. 

I’ve done this a couple of times and got hugs and kisses in return, so I think it’s safe to say that it’s paying off!

Instill Self-Confidence In Them

It’s soo soo important to constantly encourage and build-up your children’s view of themselves.

All kids should know that they can do anything they put their mind to.

Children should never be expected to be someone they’re not & they should never have feel the need compare themselves to others. 

By teaching your little ones to love who they are, they’ll learn that who they are on the inside is more important that outside appearances and having fancy things. 

Additionally, by instilling self-confidence in your child, they’d have an easier time properly valuing everyone else and be more prone to serving others. 

Teach Them To Be Thankful

When I was growing up, my parents taught me to be grateful for everything that I had – especially the necessities (food, roof over my head, etc)!

As a result, I believe it’s important to teach our kids that material possessions are a lot less important than things like having a loving family and good health!

Additionally, I believe it’s a great idea to teach children how to say “please” and “thank you” at a very young age.

I’d always say ‘Thank You’ to Ju whenever he gave me something long, before he understood what ‘Thank You’ meant. 

Most children pick up on these basic manners rather quickly and eventually grow to understand that it’s an integral sign of respect.

Teach Child Humility

While I hope these tips are helpful, remember that no two families are the same. When teaching your children humility, it’s always best to trust your instincts.

Besides, you’re the one who knows your children best!

Since children learn by example, it’s vitally important that we strive to lead a life of humility as well.

It does no good to teach these values, when you’re own life reflects the complete opposite.

Although, children don’t learn humility overnight, all it takes is a little love, patience, and persistence. And once it becomes instilled in them, it’s a trait that they’ll have forever.

‘Tank Que’ for reading!



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27 Comments

  1. The Cinnamon Mom says:

    Beautifully put! It’s wonderful that you’re already aware of this and not waiting until he’s older. All of those little lessons you’re teaching him about humility will manifest themselves so clearly in a very short time. I’m sure he’s already sweet, but he’ll become such a considerate young man with a mommy like you!

  2. I have a 4 year old and an 8 year old. I love these tips for them. I’m really impressed with the look of your blog too! So nice!

  3. Teaching humility is quite important but not really something that is put enough focus on. You do offer some wonderful tips here. I proudly pinned and shared on Fb.

  4. These tips are awesome and I honestly can’t wait to teach the boys!

  5. Beautifully written! I’m trying to model all of these things for my children.

  6. This is so beautifully written. This is so important to teach out children! Thank you for sharing

  7. I loved reading this. Humility is so important to teach young ones. I’m going to try these!
    -Mama from Mama Writes Reviews

  8. Great read! Teaching kids early will lead them on the path to being wonderful adults. Thanks for sharing!

  9. cfaulkner2411 says:

    I absolutely love this post! I have an 8 month old myself, and while I am looking forward to here being at that stage, she is growing way to fast already. Thank you for the tips!

  10. Oh mama, these are such important points! Bookmarked this one to send to my husband.

  11. Tadpoles And Mud Puddles says:

    Humility is one of the founding principal that should be passed on. I love your ideas! We are our children’s first and most important teachers. Guiding your child to being a good, kind and confident human being should be a goal for all of us.

    1. Hey Jennifer! I absolutely agree! Pridefulness is so rampant in our society, and it’s so important to me that my kids learn the importance and value of humility.

  12. Love these! My two toddlers also say please and thank you in the cutest way. I try to be a role model for them, although it’s not always easy! They also like to help with cleaning, so next I need to work on showing them how to be thankful for what they have.

  13. Well written, great read. An essential skill for our kids!

  14. These are all wonderful tips for teaching self humility. I always teach our children to be thankful and to be humble. Great post!

  15. These are such great tips. My little guy is just starting to learn these things too. I love to hear him say “Tank Ewww”!!

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