Friday 14 January 2022

How to Raise a Compassionate Child


Compassion not only makes the world a brighter place but can also have tremendous health benefits and help you to make long-lasting friendships too. 

By definition, it is the ability to empathise and the desire to go out of your way to help others. We have teamed up with a private school in Cambridgeshire to share 5 ways that you can raise a compassionate child.


Being Understanding and Empathetic

Lesson one for teaching compassion is developing emotional intelligence. This involves building your child’s understanding of emotions and body language which can help them to identify when others are sad or distressed in order to help them. You can do this by creating your own flipbook of emotions or pointing to characters in TV shows.


Avoid Arguing Infront of Your Child

Conflict resolution is a key skill for being compassionate. It’s not until we’re aggravated or are faced with confrontation that we often say things that we regret. Knowing how to do so calmly can help your child to avoid landing in similar situations, avoid trouble and gain the respect of others.

 To do this, it’s important to not argue in the presence of your child and teach them how to manage stress and difficult emotions correctly using tools such as mindfulness.


Teach Self-Care and Compassion

Showing self-love is just as important and can help your child to maintain good health and mental wellbeing. 

There are many ways that you can explore this with your child with one being role play by demonstrating how you take care and look after yourself.


Speak Kindly to Yourself

Self-talk looks at how we talk to ourselves and often this can be in a more critical light than the way that we talk to others.

 Not only can this lead to poor mental health but doing so in front of your child can result in them developing similar behaviours too.

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