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Teaching compassion with a club?

May 14, 2012

Here’s a great idea…

In his book, The 10 Basic Principles of Good Parenting, Laurence Steinberg says, “Your relationship with your child is the foundation for her relationship with others. If you treat your child with compassion, kindness, and respect, she will grow up to be a concerned, caring, and considerate person. If you are uncaring, aloof, and dismissive, that’s how she’s likely to turn out when she grows up.” (p. 191)

 

In other words…

 

We cannot teach compassion with a club or kindness with a paddle. When we treat our children with the same kindness that we treat cherished guests, we will be more effective. We can still set limits. But our example of strength delivered with compassion will help our children become the good people we want them to be.

 

Here’s how you can use this idea to have a better life…

Think of the next time you will interact with your child. Picture yourself showing kindness and compassion while setting appropriate limits. Be prepared to set aside distractions and offer your child your best.

To find out more…

about parenting, check out The Parenting Journey or See the World Through My Eyes programs at arfamilies.org, follow us at facebook.com/navigatinglife or contact your local county Extension agent. You can also read The 10 Basic Principles of Good Parenting.

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