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Harvard researchers have mapped the five child-rearing techniques you need to raise kind kids

Two important skills

Children need to learn to focus on individuals and truly listen to them.

They also need to learn to see the bigger picture by putting human experience in context.

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Harvard researchers have mapped the five child-rearing techniques you need to raise kind kids

Harvard researchers have mapped the five child-rearing techniques you need to raise kind kids

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Instilling kindness

Most parents believe it is a top priority to instill kindness in their children.

However, in one study, nearly 80% of children surveyed said their parents taught them that personal happiness and high achievement were more important than caring for other people.

Give kids opportunities for kindness

Children learn to act kindly the same way they learn anything else - with practice.

Give them daily opportunities to practice kindness, such as helping another child.

Role models

Children will emulate their parents. Children need to see how their parents show empathy, concern, and sympathy.

Managing destructive feelings

Shame, anger, and jealousy can interfere with kindness. Children need to be taught how to address these feelings.

When adults introduce ethical questions, they put issues of injustice in view and help children learn how to treat their various responsibilities to others and themselves.

Adults should stop passing the buck

Few parents are willing to admit that they might be part of the children's moral state.
Parents need to understand what values they are instilling in their children by being aware of their own actions.

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