1. Work to develop caring, loving relationships with your kids.
  2. Be a strong moral role model and mentor.
  3. Make caring for others a priority and set high ethical expectations.
  4. Provide opportunities for children to practice caring and gratitude.
  5. Expand your child’s circle of concern.
  6. Promote children’s ability to be ethical thinkers and positive change-makers in their communities.
  7. Help children develop self-control and manage feelings effectively.

“Research in human development clearly shows that the seeds of empathy, caring, and compassion are present from early in life, but that to become caring, ethical people, children need adults to help them at every stage of childhood to nurture these seeds into full development.

We should work to cultivate children’s concern for others because it’s fundamentally the right thing to do, and also because when children can empathize with and take responsibility for others, they’re likely to be happier and more successful. They’ll have better relationships their entire lives, and strong relationships are a key ingredient of happiness. In today’s workplace, success often depends on collaborating effectively with others, and children who are empathic and socially aware are also better collaborators.”

I feel moved to express my gratitude for our teachers, who stand for all of this and as tall oak trees in every child’s forest.  Read more HERE

(Making Caring Common – a project of the Harvard Graduate School of Education)

2 thoughts on “7 Tips for Raising Caring Kids

  1. I am so glad you posted about this, Paul. It has always been important to the individual child to learn these skills, and crucial to our future that they do so, and that families have the wherewithal to help them develop in these ways. So many disparate factors in our society at present serve to distract from these central and basic values, and work against children being able to focus on them. Our teachers care so deeply about supporting students’ learning of these skills – it is a real service they provide. Thank you for bringing the topic forward!

  2. I agree! There is a lot of wisdom in these tips. Fostering these values is such an important part of what sets BFS apart, and it’s good to highlight them. Thank you.

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