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Parents Please Note: Kids Not Taught Empathy & Compassion Are Tomorrow’s Bullies And Abusers

Everything else can be learnt over a period of time but these values need to be inculcated right from a very young age

Everything else can be learnt over a period of time but these values need to be inculcated right from a very young age

Life for children was simpler until a few years ago, but now I see more and more mothers worried about their kids being introvert, not confident, not competitive enough, not vocal, not participating, etc., etc., right from the time they are as young age 2 or even lesser!

Cashing on these sentiments, there are many classes who guarantee (right or left) I don’t know which part of the brain activation, teaching them confident and capable even when they can’t walk or run properly, teach them a vast vocabulary even when they are unable to speak full sentences, and claim to make them the champs of the world.

Hey but wait..I haven’t heard any classes or any demand from parents to teach their children sympathy, empathy, compassion, kindness, inclusion, gender neutrality, gender sensitive!  Why..because these are not deemed important in life, winning the rat race is!  The child needs to be a “winner” and as many moms say, “not left behind”.

I understand the worry of parents, but…

I would be very honest that when my kids were younger and my son an introvert I also used to worry.  But then I realized every child has his/her own pace, own inherent nature, capabilities.

Today my son is a confident youngster who can handle any situation and handle people from all walks of life.  But more than that I am happy that I have raised my children, both son and daughter, to be compassionate, kind, feminist youngsters.  Everything else can be learnt over a period of time but these values need to be inculcated right from a very young age.

Teach them empathy and compassion more than anything else

We all have encountered kids who are bullies, kids who laugh when a helpless animal is scared of firecrackers, seen kids being rude with elders, teachers and their peers.  I have seen many parents believing that these are signs of “smartness” and I really get baffled.  Raise them right so that in the future they don’t turn out to be those bullies at workplace, those chauvinist males, those mean women.

Enroll the children in the classes that they would truly enjoy, play and laugh with them as long as you can because before you realize they grow up and are no more infants or toddlers.  Focus more on raising them as good humans.

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Ritwika Roy Mutsuddi

I am a travel expert by profession and an avid blogger by passion. Parenting and women's issues are something that are close to my heart and I blog a lot about them. read more...

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