While most parents focus on raising high achievers, what you should aim for is raising compassionate and kind children. After all, the world certainly needs it! If you want to bring up the kind of children that give to others, read on for eight ways to do so.
- Adopt a Pet
If a child builds a trusting relationship with an animal, they will develop a caring nature. Adopting is always better and will teach your child that they should give someone a chance, even when they were previously unwanted – read this great article from Diamond Pet on what happens to dogs in shelters.
- Get Them Reading
Reading builds both intelligence and empathy, so introduce books at an early stage. Many children’s books teach great life lessons, such as giving, gratitude, and perseverance, which will help your kid become a better person and make them kinder children. If you want to encourage more reading, then why not build a cute reading corner for them?
- Show Gratitude
By showing gratitude for everything you have, you teach your kid to appreciate the little things in life. It doesn’t have to be for the big stuff, either – showing gratitude for a pleasant breakfast or a sunny day will show your kid how to enjoy life to the fullest.
- Listen to Their Problems
Don’t brush off your kid’s problems. While they might not seem big to you, to them, it’s their whole world. By listening to them and offering your guidance, you show your kid that it’s OK not to be OK and that it’s helpful to listen to those in need.
- Teach manners
By teaching manners early on, your child will keep that habit for the rest of their life. Tell them to say please when asking for something, thank you when they receive, and to always address people politely.
- Help Neighbors Together
A great way of getting your child into helping others is by keeping a good relationship with your neighbors and offering help when they need it. For example, if your kid has free time, they could offer to help out a neighbor who is clearing out their front lawn.
- Compliment People More
Show that everyone has something beautiful about them. Don’t talk negatively about people, especially when your kid is around, as they will pick up on this and start doing it themselves. Instead, speak positively about everyone you meet, complimenting qualities about them like their kind smile or their excellent manners. Before long, you’ll hear your kid telling their friend how pretty they are or telling the dog how cute its face is.
- Be a Model of Kindness
The easiest way to raise a kind kid is by being kind yourself. Kids mimic what they’re around, so be a model of compassion, and you’ll end up with an empathetic, generous child who is kind to everyone around them.
The more parents teach their kids compassion, the better the world will become, so start early and raise the kind of people you wish to see more of.