How to raise compassionate kids

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  • airnaut Everett, 00
    April 21, 2014 2:10 p.m.

    Just like everything else --

    You teach by example.

  • airnaut Everett, 00
    April 21, 2014 11:41 a.m.

    I always have my kids give to the poor at Temple Square, or street corners.
    We go to the local food banks on a regular basis.
    We play "Secret Santa", and have our kids give one of their OWN gifts.
    I pray they all go to a 3rd world countries - like I did - for their LDS Missions.

    We taught them to "Share, and share alike".

    Just as Jesus would.

    I've been accused that I'm indoctrinateling them with "Socialism".
    So beit.

  • Midvaliean MIDVALE, UT
    April 20, 2014 8:36 p.m.

    It's all a balance. Every human has a different balance and combination of things they need. Negative feelings are a part of life. Kids need to be equipped for what life gives them.
    I wasn't raised perfect, and remember many failings of my parents, but would I be who I am today without those failings?

  • Danny Chipman Lehi, UT
    April 20, 2014 9:03 a.m.

    Interesting, since in several parenting articles and books I've read, linking actions to character, particularly and maybe only specifically to success and achievement, tends to backfire. Telling a kid he's a winner or he's smart over and over again actually undermines their self-esteem when they encounter difficulty or failure. But perhaps I'm comparing apples and oranges here.