3 Lessons We Can Learn from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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The 17th day of January is far more than just an extra day off from work and school. It’s the day our nation takes time to celebrate the monumental work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a day that provides the perfect opportunity to teach your child about this hero from history.

Let’s look at what your child can learn from the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and explore how they, too, can become move-makers and world-changers—no matter their age!

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”― Martin Luther King, Jr.

The measure of one’s impact on the world isn’t quantified by size or age. Significance, rather, is determined by the measure of one’s character. Your child can be a light by showing kindness to those around them. The power of kindness from just one child, can have a ripple effect that can make a real difference in the world.

“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” ― Martin Luther King, Jr.

Optimism and resilience are superpowers—ones children come by at a young age. Learning to get up when you fall, shake off the dust and try again is more than just a playground tactic, it’s a character virtue. Dr. King encouraged kids of all ages to keep moving forward and to hold fast to their beliefs.

“The time is always right to do what is right.” ― Martin Luther King, Jr.

Who will establish the future? Today’s children. Teaching your child to stand up for what is right today will help them carry on the legacy for which Dr. King paved the way. Investing in your child’s character development is investing in the future—the kind of future that MLK had a dream about.

When it comes to making a difference in the world, there is no time like the present! Kiddie Academy will be honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. Day by participating in a national day of service to encourage all Americans to volunteer to improve their communities and honor the legacy of Dr. King. We invite you to join us in giving back to your community. Whether you plan on cleaning up a public space, mentoring a young person, or assisting those who are food insecure, what you do makes a world of difference.

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Joy has over 20 years of experience in early childhood education. As Vice President of Education at Kiddie Academy Educational Child Care, she oversees all things curriculum, assessment, training and more. Joy earned a B.S. in Education from Salisbury University.