How to Raise a Compassionate Child


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Compassion is a natural human response to seeing others in pain or distress. Children are capable of this too and there are ways that you can build their compassion. For example, an independent school in London suggests that parents spend time teaching their children about the different emotions that we experience as people and why. Below is more on how you can deliver this lesson.


Understanding Body Language

As mentioned above, to teach your child about compassion you should ideally talk to them about the different emotions that we feel and why. Understanding this can help them to be better clued up about how others feel and become a better detector of body language. Only then can we make efforts to actually help.


Respond to Rude Behaviour

Children can behave rudely whether intentionally or unintentionally. The way that you deal with things can teach them a great deal about compassion and help them to understand right from wrong were treating others is concerned. In turn, you can help them to be kinder and more sensitive to the emotions of others.


Role Play

Role-playing is a fun and practical way of teaching children lessons. You can use their toys or assume roles where you demonstrate what to do if presented in situations where those around you feel upset.


Be a Good Role Model

As a parent, it’s your responsibility to set a good example for your child to follow. If the way that you treat others is not so nice, your child will likely take after your lead. By being thoughtful and verbalizing it in front of them on the other hand, you can help them to become a good person that’s caring about those around them.


Use TV

Children's TV shows do a good job at teaching children key lessons including how to treat others nicely and with respect. You can use them for modeling purposes, and you’ll see that they become more emotionally intelligent.

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