With all of the hurt people are inflicting on each other around the world,it is important now, more than ever, to instil a caring,thoughtful attitude in our children. No child is born racist, hateful or violent, these are learned traits so we need to point them in the right direction and raise them to be compassionate.
Compassion is best taught through practice. Teach your children to give freely without receiving by donating to charity or getting them to help collect food for a local shelter. You could maybe get them to help an elderly neighbour with shopping, housework or gardening, age appropriate of course.
Compassion can also be developed through helping to care for a younger sibling or if you can afford the money and time for a family pet. Showing your child how to be gentle and loving to a baby or an animal helps them to know not to hurt others.
Lastly be available and ready to talk about feelings, those of your child and the people whom they interact with. Discuss how certain actions make you feel or how they might affect someone else.
Our children rely on us for so much in their day to day care we sometimes forget we are their first educators too, so let’s help our children develop into strong,compassionate adults. Let us hope they share the world in peace and stand together against violence and oppression.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the families, friends and all those affected by the recent terrorist attacks in Nice, France.
Today teach love!