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teaching kids to care: 8 ways to inspire compassion
They are the author of the reporter Shelley Page\'s the world needs your children: raising children who care and contribute.
Like hundreds of millions of North American compatriots, we spent
In our childhood it was trivial to see a coyote trying to put a hammer on the road.
So all of us don\'t believe in the inferior workmanship of Acme\'s products.
But not all people want to fry birds.
In fact, most of us have become caring and compassionate adults.
We had our own research very scientifically at lunch, and how this was explained clearly.
Actually, it\'s long-
The children are retired principal John Gaither, who has hosted every new employee for lunch in the past few years.
John asked each of his lunch dates to name the people who helped develop their social consciousness.
Every time, Gaither swears, the answer is: \"My parents.
\"Gether\'s unorthodox findings are supported by formal research, including 2006 surveys of 1,000 young Americans aged 15 to 25, the survey revealed a clear link between the volunteer\'s parents and their child\'s awareness of the importance of service.
A similar survey conducted in the Netherlands in 2004, as well as Nancy Eisenberg\'s research book on parental role models in caring for children (1992)
Display similar findings.
Many parents encourage the community to participate in helping their children \"succeed,\" which is true to some extent: scholarships and other opportunities that reward volunteer experience enter a positive cycle of more opportunities, network and open doors.
However, it is important to note that this is not just for the lead ---
This may have just come in.
Last month, the University of Columbia announced that it would be the first Canadian to specialize in \"wide-
Based on \"enrollment of all undergraduate programs\"-
That is to say, community engagement, leadership and other experiences will be taken into account in addition to the achievements of all new students, not just scholarships.
If this looks stressful, remember: solid parents (
And cunning Acme Products)
Can help beat runners, as well as graphic scenes your child will be exposed to when he is young.
The key is to tilt the balance towards compassion through your parenting path.
We have heard countless great stories about creative parenting. Here are eight great strategies to instill care in children: 1.
Next Top Model in Canada: you!
You know the words that your preschool children keep repeating, and you never realize that you often say from birth that children receive their cues from their parents ---
So make sure they see the best of you.
Show them that caring is part of everyday life.
When they are big enough to understand (Even before)
, Explain why you call to visit old friends, run errands for neighbors, or make extra soup for an older relative. 2.
Classic studies of children watching violent cartoons show that children who are asked to consider the victim\'s feelings find the cartoon less interesting and score lower on post-event measures
Watch the aggression.
Labeling and discussing emotions is the first step in releasing the child\'s innate empathy --
Encourage them to express their feelings from an early age and connect with the feelings of others (
The real other people they met, and the others they imagined when making up
Believe in time, like the dragon they just killed). 3.
Help you start doing housework from home while having a good time with your kids!
Bring your toddler with you to wash, recycle and Cook
Learn by counting pots or catching socks for the dryer.
Gradually assign them more advanced tasks until one day the garbage disappears without your notice! 4.
Our friend Julie moved all her dishes to the bottom shelf of the kitchen so that her three children could hem the table without help.
At the age of four, Mark was assigned to a small corner of the room we were redecorating and got a bunch of wallpaper strips (
In the morning, a mysterious \"wallpaper fairy\" tidied up his rather curved handmade work, and his identity was still unknown).
When children feel they need and welcome their help, they gain confidence that they can contribute and continue to help. 5.
Last week we heard some random behavior about Joey, a father in suburban Vancouver, walking home with his five childrenyear-
After his son Oliver ran a lap in the morning, he met an old woman who was struggling to shovel the sidewalk.
Joey stopped to borrow the shovel from the stranger and when Oliver helped with the toy shovel he brought to the park, he finished the job.
Find a way out for someone in need and your child will notice.
Similarly, if your habit is to \"walk over\" then your child will do the same. 6.
Take action when you see the problem!
Parents often ask how we can explain homelessness or poverty to children without letting them feel depressed.
We tell them that the best antidote to helplessness is action, and the size of the action you take is directly proportional to the size of your child.
Preschool kids may not have soup kitchen or food Library ready yet, but they can change the Halloween trick --or-
Processed into a canned food drive.
Creative parenting expert Silvana Clark recommends making healthy snack bags for children in women\'s shelters (
Get off mom or dad)
Or donate old toys to local charities to help families in need. 7.
When we first started helping to encourage volunteering from the school board, the children were very free in terms of the \"volunteering\" they thought they could pass ---
Pack groceries in the supermarket, answer the phone at dad\'s office, or distribute flyers from the pizza shop.
Starting with the boxes where they organize and count macaroni and cheese, your child can volunteer with you around them.
Try different venues-
Children\'s House, animal shelter, park cleaning-ups --
New ideas to help them find sparks: questions or groups that they like best to contribute their time and energy.
Soon, they will be volunteers without you because they have attracted all their friends to do it with them. 8.
We are often asked how to convince teenagers to volunteer by dropping video games, ball gloves or chicken legs.
Why not put these things (
Well, to a certain extent. )
Volunteering will not be boring if you are doing what you like. The computer-
Savvy teenagers can help the food bank through their website and athletes can teach a little --
The league team, musicians can entertain in the homes of the elderly (with age-
Appropriate tunes, of course).
Encourage your child to help others by showing their talent, and doing what they love to do is one of the more readily available sales you get during those reluctant teens.