The researchers say that “studies show that people who engage in the habit of expressing gratitude are more likely to be helpful, generous, compassionate, and forgiving–and they’re also more likely to be happy and healthy.” Parents should be giving their kids chores and then expressing how grateful they are for their accomplishments. It’s important for children to see that gratitude is a remarkable gift. Whenever they do something, honor and acknowledge them for their performance. The Harvard psychologists did find that parents are giving praise only to “uncommon acts of kindness.”
As parents, our duties are to teach our children to be empathetic and compassionate towards others. Children learn by example. Take them to a homeless shelter. Expose them to others who aren’t in the same social class. Allow them to witness how fortunate they are to have what they have at home. Be open with them. Be grateful for the small acts they perform that have nothing to do with school or work. Helping others is not just giving them a chance to be amazing adults, but removing the prejudice of bigotry and differences. It all starts at home.
This goes back to showing them gratitude. Let your child experience the world through your compassion. Researchers say that “almost all children empathize with and care about a small circle of families and friends.”
Teach your child to be a good listener, to interact without the use of technology, to be empathetic to others outside of their family, and not judge anyone base on their religion or nationality. We are in pivotal times of human evolution, and this new generation has the ability to be great in changing and shifting our world. Exposing your child to different cultures helps develop a loving, kind and happy person.
You are responsible for bringing in loving souls. Help them navigate this world through compassion, love and kindness.
“Raising a caring, respectful, ethical child is and always has been hard work. But it’s something all of us can do. And no work is more important or ultimately more rewarding.”