No matter your child’s gender, you want for them to grow up with a healthy mindset towards both their own emotions and how they treat others. This teaching can begin from a young age and can go a long way towards shaping them as kind-hearted individuals in adulthood.
Something as simple as a toddler showing concern when their parent feels poorly shows that they have compassion. Due to peer pressure, and even teen rebellion, it can seem like that compassionate child has gotten lost along the way, but it is possible for them to resurface with encouragement from their caregivers.
Gratitude With Gifts
When your child opens a gift that may not be what they wanted, they are likely to react in one of two ways. Either they may show their disappointment, or they may be content with at least receiving something and still show their manners. It is the second option that you hope to achieve. This may be able to be taught by teaching them about children who are less fortunate than them, as not all kids are lucky enough to receive toys. However, to try to ensure that they are happy with their presents, make sure you find age-appropriate gifts – for example, see toys for 9 year old boys via the link.
Empathy For Others
Showing empathy for another person’s situation is one of the key parts of your child growing up to feel secure in their own emotions, and to be able to build meaningful relationships with others. If they try to look after their friends when they feel sad and take a genuine interest in when your day has been less than perfect, that shows that they understand the feelings of others, and are able to respond appropriately to try to make the person feel better.
While they may not need to take responsibility for improving others’ situations now, when they reach adulthood it can help them with both finding their life partner, and providing stable support for the person they love in times of crisis. Likewise, it can also teach them about how they should expect to be treated if they are the one who is struggling.
Respect For All
Most children understand that they should show respect for their friends, teachers, parents, and, later on, their employers, but you may also need to emphasize that all people deserve respect. In teaching this, you can help them to show compassion when speaking to others, such as in conversation with a waiter or co-worker. During this teaching, you can also explain to them that, while they should remain respectful, they do not need to casually liaise with anyone who does not show them the same respect in return.
By including these life skills when teaching your child, you can help them become a great role model to others that people will aspire to be. Also, by bringing a bit more kindness in the world, they will have the potential to make life better for those they meet, as well as themselves.
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