Young Parents Team
What is it?
Compassion makes your child genuinely care about those around her – friends, family and the extended community. She is kind and considerate, and does what she can to relieve the distress of other people. She cares about ecology and injustices.
Why does it matter?
A compassionate child acts to make the world a better place. She comforts an unhappy friend, lifts up a small child who has fallen over, gets involved in charities and specifically urges everyone to value the world’s limited resources.
HOW CAN YOU HELP ENCOURAGE IT?
1. Ask her to help When you notice that her little brother is upset because he can’t finish his jigsaw, ask your child to help him.
2. Discuss world issues Chat with her, for instance, about poverty in Third World countries and talk about what it must be like to live in such harsh conditions.
3. Be charitable Let your child pick a charity that interests her, in order that she can donate a small part of her pocket money to it.
Related: Volunteering with your child
4. Recycle Develop a recycling strategy for your household. She can help sort the waste into the various categories before collection.
5. Watch pro-social media A further boost to your child’s compassion comes from watching TV programmes and movies that have a nonaggressive, caring theme.