We’ve all seen a lot in the last year or so. We’ve seen some people rise up to help out their communities and become heroes. And we’ve also seen people reach some ultimate lows in their behavior and become villains.
A lot of us have worries for the future – our children’s future, especially. Is there anything we can do to make the world a better place for them?
Maybe we can’t change the world, but, as parents, we can do something to change the life and behavior of our children.
9 Ways to Raise a Compassionate Child
1. Show an example
To help our children learn compassion and empathy, the first place to start is with ourselves. Be the change you want your children to see in this world. Model empathy, be kind, and point out kindness in others, too, to make sure your kids notice it. “That was kind of that person to open the door for us.”
On the flip side, if you notice someone being rude, analyze with your kids about how that person must’ve had a bad day. Help them learn to assume the best in others. And when you’ve done wrong, be a little vulnerable and apologize. Demonstrate how to own up to your mistakes.
2. Be respectful to your child
Sometimes adults seem to forget that children are just miniature adults. They still deserve the same respect any human deserves. For example, give transition warnings when you’re about to change activities (instead of ripping them away). Be patient with them – they’re young and learning and trying. Say yes to their ideas now and then.