Teach your child to be caring at an early age and it will be the foundation for becoming a good adult.
The 6 suggestions below are what parents can do everyday to help their kids nurture kindness, love and generosity.
When your child helps you with house chores, shares toys and food with his friends, you should praise and show recognition to him immediately. When you let your child know how pleased and happy you are, he will want to do it again and again. Praising him in front of others is also a way to show him your expectations.
2. Raising a pet
Give your child a pet if your family can afford it. Taking care of a pet can help children understand how important it is to take care of others and also gives them an idea about the responsibilities. However, you should not leave your toddler handle the pet alone.
Pretend play is a great alternative if your family cannot raise a pet. Your toddler loves to be a parent for his favourite dolls.
3. Learning the meaning
Explain even to young children that things people do cause certain results. For example, when your child does not want to share toys with her friends, you can remind that: “You and your friend can play together this game, otherwise your friend will be sad”. When the child understands the good and bad consequences of their actions, they will remember better why they should act a certain way.
4. Creating opportunities
Provide opportunities for your kids to help you, for example with simple house chores. At this age, your kid is eager to join you in whatever you are doing. What else can you assign to your little helper? Gather the toys after playing; wash the vegetables for cooking (with you)…
5. Showing example
When your kid grows up a little, teach him by example how the family members can look after each other. Ask your spouse how his day has been and give him a shoulder massage. A child growing up in a caring family will pick up the kind acts.
6. Talking about feelings
Encourage your child to talk about her feelings and her observations of other people’s feelings. Listen intently without interrupting her with your own views. Confirm her own feelings with paraphrasing to show you hear and understand.
Similarly, share your own feelings with her: “It makes me feel bad when you yell at me and throw things. Let’s see if we can come up with another way for you to tell me you’re angry.” You can also tell about your feelings that are not related to your child: “I am tired and feeling angry because of something that happened at work today.” Together you can think of ways to improve each other’s mood.