Kindness that’s Inclusive of Boys

Meet Krista, mother behind the blog Happy as We Know It! Krista is from Minnesota and is a mother to 2-year-old Asher. We asked her to share with us her thoughts about what it is to shape a kinder future. Here’s what she had to say:

Yesterday we enjoyed reading a story and having a festive picnic in front of our tree with Asher’s new friend Oliver. I have to admit, Oliver was the utmost example of how to be an attentive listener, and he patiently waited his turn like no other!
While I certainly believe my little boy adheres to many of the “stereotypical” labels his gender assigns him, I also firmly believe in fostering his understanding that these roles and identities are flexible and fluid. I want him to know he can play with both dolls, like Oliver, and cars, like Lightning McQueen. He can enjoy both baking in the kitchen and tossing a football. He can be both strong and vulnerable. And he can question and respond when society tries to place him in a box where he doesn’t feel it enables him to be uniquely who God has created him to be.

If you got inspired by Krista, like we did, follow her at @kristahapp 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 by the 24th of December. 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 favourite 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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