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Raise Moral Children by Teaching Empathy


Being kind is a blessing in a friend, a need in our closest personal relationships, and the best thing you can do for your kids. The easiest way to do this, of course, is teaching by doing and managing your own destructive behavior around your children is our favorite tip from this Harvard Psychologist, but we really recommend everything Richard Weissbourd says!

Richard Weissbourd, a Harvard psychologist with the graduate school of education, and the Making Caring Common Project have come up with recommendations about how to raise children to become caring, respectful and responsible adults. (The Washington Post)

About 80 percent of the youth in the 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.”

Weissbourd and his cohorts have come up with recommendations about how to raise children to become caring, respectful and responsible adults. Why is this important? Because if we want our children to be moral people, we have to, well, raise them that way.

“Children are not born simply good or bad and we should never give up on them. They need adults who will help them become caring, respectful, and responsible for their communities at every stage of their childhood,” the researchers write.

Parents tend to prioritize their children’s happiness and achievements over their children’s concern for others. But children need to learn to balance their needs with the needs of others, whether it’s passing the ball to a teammate or deciding to stand up for friend who is being bullied.

 

Read the rest of this article which was curated from Are you raising nice kids? A Harvard psychologist gives 5 ways to raise them to be kind – The Washington Post


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