Compassion is a sympathetic feeling. It is putting oneself in someone else’s shoes, learning to be more tolerant, and feeling their needs. It is an act of courage, love, and selflessness.
Teaching compassion to young individuals is among the best ways to nurture kindness and ward off aggression from taking root.
PSST.ph details ways to foster compassion in the young minds of children.
Talk about compassion
Communicate to your children the value of compassion. Talk about it as an important character, something significant especially if dealing with family members and the needy. If you saw an elderly beggar asking for alms, and a kind-hearted lady gave a pack of sandwiches, stress to your kids that act is showing compassion. It may help as well if you point to them individuals and circumstances needing compassion. That way, they are oriented that compassion is beyond giving; it is empathizing and caring.
Read stories about compassion
Aside from modeling compassion, read stories about compassion to your little ones. This way, at the very young age, they are given many examples of how to act and speak with compassion. A nice read is the story of Saint Mother Theresa. All throughout her life and work, she modeled compassion perfectly.
Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.
Demanding the kids to be kind and considerate may be ineffective if they see their elders doing the opposite. Modeling compassion is far more effective than verbalizing it. If, for instance, you tell your boys to offer a seat to the elders and yet you don’t do the same, they may probably not take your word seriously.
Kids do not always listen to learn. But most of them learn by observing. Often, they don’t even try to understand everything; they just mimic and follow.
Practice a random act of compassion and most likely, you will see your youngsters doing the same.
Allow children to experience compassion first-hand
The best way to model compassion is to let the youngsters experience it first-hand. If for instance, your children went home late at night, instead of nagging them, give them water and food to drink. Appearing gloomy before you, they must have realized their fault and only wished you will not get angry. Give them the compassionate heart. They may not show their appreciation that moment but you’ve instilled in their heart what compassion is.
Give opportunities to express compassion
Aside from helping the sick, needy and the elderly, another way to teach compassion is giving your kids a pet. With a dog or a cat to take care of, they can get attached to it quite easily. They also learn valuable emotional lessons from their pet. And as they share time and create an irresistible bond, it is then that children learn empathy, respect, responsibility, and compassion.
Teaching kids compassion
Compassion is more than understanding the emotional state of a person. It shows the desire, too, to reduce if not to totally alleviate the suffering of an individual. Because the compassionate person understands, he feels the pain and acts to give a solution.
Teaching compassion to children not only shows maturity and kindness, it is showing responsibility. That as adults, we are raising compassionate citizens who would, in turn, pay forward and teach compassion to their youngsters.
Let it start with you then.