7 Ways to Raise a Compassionate Child
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When your tot's a toddler, it's easy to fear that she may turn out to be a tyrant. Hitting, biting, screaming, grabbing toys away from pals: It's all typical toddler behavior. And it's developmentally appropriate too. But that doesn't mean you have to wait until your child's outgrown this stage to start teaching her about empathy and compassion. If you want to raise a compassionate child, now's the time to lay the foundation.
Empathy is what allows us to understand others' feelings and be sensitive to them. Compassion goes one step further — not just understanding those emotions but acting on them: How can I help? Pretty big stuff for little kids, and yet they can and do start to learn these skills before they can even tie their shoes. Here are seven ways you can help your child grow into a caring, kindhearted person.