How to Raise a Compassionate Child
All parents want a child that’s happy, healthy, and smart, but what about caring? Raising a compassionate child isn’t just about their own happiness and life; it’s about making those around them happy, too. It’s a trait that will ensure they treat themselves and those around them with respect, which will, in turn, help them nurture the most beautiful friendships. If you have a young child, here’s how to raise them to be more compassionate.
Get a Family Pet
Pets are naturally compassionate, and often, they teach humans how to be more caring. By getting a family pet, especially a dog or a cat, you teach your child how to be responsible for another creature and how to show affection. More than likely, your child will bond deeply with the pet, especially if they grow up with them.
If you do get a pet, though, it’s important you understand all the responsibilities that come with it. For example, dogs need lots of exercise and the right type of food. Read this article from Diamond Pet about ancient grains for dogs so that your dog can enjoy a varied and healthy diet.
Did you know that reading can actually increase empathy, especially in children? Of course, this requires the right kind of books; you want to create a children’s book collection that teaches healthy life lessons—such as why being kind is so important. To encourage your little one to read, schedule reading time for the pair of you before bedtime. No screens allowed!
Praise Kind Actions
Kids learn what is right and what is wrong through their parents. Instead of just expecting kind actions from your little one, actively praise them for it. This will show them that what they are doing is right, and it will encourage them to carry on being compassionate.
Talk About Feelings
Adults understand feelings and emotions more than children, but that doesn’t mean you can’t teach them about it. If your child ever hurts someone’s feelings or they get their feelings hurt, have a conversation with them about actions and consequences. Most importantly, remind them that it’s OK to feel bad sometimes, as long as you don’t take it out on others.
Monitor Internet Use
Most children are online these days. While the internet is great for educational purposes, your child shouldn’t be left alone with unlimited access. There’s a lot of negativity online, and you don’t want them to learn that that is the norm. So, at least when they are younger, monitor what they do online and steer them towards healthier and more positive websites.
Teach About Different Cultures and Lifestyles
It’s easier to be compassionate when you understand, which is why it is so important to teach your kid about all the different kinds of cultures and lifestyles in the world. You could do this through books, travel, film, or meeting people from different cultures.
Be Compassionate Parents
Most importantly, be a role model that values kindness and compassion above all else. By being a caring parent who performs benevolent actions for others, your kid will grow up to be just like that, too.