Early in children’s lives we see the beginnings of compassion, empathy, and caring, but in order for those qualities to flourish into full ethical people, adults need to help out.When children can empathize with others, they’re likely to be happier and more successful later on in life, having stronger relationships with others. It’s important to strive to cultivate children’s concern for others. Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education has shared a few guidelines to raising caring, respectful, and ethical children as part of their Making Caring Common Project
1. Strive to develop loving relationships with your children
If you want your children to be caring and respectful, then treat them that way! Tend to their physical and emotional needs, provide a stable and loving family environment, show affection, talk about things that matter to them, and praise their efforts and accomplishments.
2. Be a strong moral role model
Children learn by observation, they will repeat the things they see other adults they respect do. Make sure that you are practicing honesty, fairness, and caring yourself! It’s important that when you catch yourself not being such a great role model in front of your kids, you acknowledge it and work on it!
3. Make caring for others a priority
Get that message across! Even though most parents say that their children being caring is a top priority, it’s not something that is often talked about at home. Holding children to high ethical expectations is a great way to prioritize caring because you teach them to do the right thing even when it’s tough, honor their commitments, and to stand up for what they believe in. Continue reading