What Children Learn by Helping Others

Monday’s Parenting Thought
Kids need to help take care of people who are hurt – especially if they had anything to do with the person being hurt – even if it is just an accident. Why? It gives them a chance to build or develop:
  • A sense of well-being – that everything is right in the world.
  • Self-esteem – “I’m a good person. I can help make things right – even if I make a mistake.”
  • An understanding of feelings (empathy) – when you get up close and personal with people who are mad, sad, afraid, or happy, you understand more and more about feelings – both yours and others’.
Inspired by BOO HOO BIRD by Jeremy Tankard
For more information about kids and empathy: When a Kid Gets Hurt.