How do you raise children to be respectful, caring, and kind to others? It's not always easy, and even when we think we're doing it well, our children might not be quite getting the message.
According to Harvard psychologist Richard Weissbourd, About 80 percent of the youth in [one] study said their parents were more concerned with their achievement or happiness than whether they cared for others. The interviewees were also three times more likely to agree that 'My parents are prouder if I get good grades in my classes than if I’m a caring community member in class and school.'”
Check out this advice from Making Caring Common (read the full article for more details and tips):
1. Make caring for others a priority.
2. Provide opportunities for children to practice caring and gratitude.
3. Expand your child's circle of concern.
4. Be a strong moral role model and mentor.
5. Guide children in managing destructive feelings.