While older child psychology models consider babies and toddlers to be selfish or, at the very least, self-centered, recent research indicates that children are actually much more capable of compassion than they are being given credit for.
Our experience in providing day care for children in Baldivis and other Perth suburbs tends to agree that children are quite capable of compassion. Despite the earlier model, toddlers and babies are not “too young to understand compassion.” Here’s how parents can help their children become more compassionate.
Role Model Respect and Compassion
If you treat your child with compassion and respect, the child will learn compassion and respect. If your child hears you say “please” and “thank you” or sees you helping someone else, your child will pick up and mimic that behaviour.
Always discuss any media your child interacts with. Talk to your child about TV programs they see: what is right and what is wrong and how a character could have been more compassionate.
Role Model a Gentle, Non-Intrusive Lifestyle
Model gentleness for your child. Touch pets and other humans gently. Teach your child to share toys and not yank them out of the hands of others.
Ouch: It Hurts.
Point out to your child when someone else gets hurt. If someone else is responsible for harming another, tell your child and ask what that person could have done to keep from hurting the other person.
Kindness is Contagious
When you see someone being kind to someone else, point it out to your child. Tell your child what the person did and why it was kind.
Point Out Social Mistakes
Pointing out good behaviour is great, but you also need to point out social mistakes and tell your child why they aren’t preferred behaviour. Social mistakes such as pushing someone out of the way to grab a toy are easily pointed out and explained. If you make a mistake, tell your child about that mistake, too.
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