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Teaching Gratitude and Social-Empathy to Children

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With Thanksgiving and Halloween behind us, we are going to discuss the importance of giving back and teaching social-emotional learning concepts to children. As adults, we have learned kindness and empathy goes a long way with others. Showing acts of kindness and empathy also helps the person performing them. A 2016 study from the University of the South found that performing “random acts of kindness” during the day can boost a person’s mood significantly. Unfortunately, kids are innocent and sometimes unaware of these crucial skills that go beyond academics. This is why aiding your child develop the habits of giving back and being grateful at a young age will hopefully help them as they turn into adults! Below are four tips you can start teaching today:

1) Lead by Example:

Kids do not do what we say but do as we do. You should start helping others first and get your kids involved when you can. When you help someone, talk to your kids about what you did and why. Also, bring your kids to volunteering events where they can partake and have responsibilities, however small. It’s important you do not take them to events at which they will not be given any responsibilities, as this will make them feel invisible in the midst of adults. Some good examples are bake sales, school events and marathons for charity.

2) Encourage Creative Thinking:

Here at iFuture Academy, we believe creativity is very important in the development of a child. Ask your child how they think they can give back and make a list of activities. Then, follow up with as many activities on the list. This will help them build confidence and a strong level of commitment to the activity.

3) Promote activities that involve teamwork:

Learning to work with others in an efficient and positive manner at a young age is very important. It will help them understand the emotions and work-ethics of others who have the same end-goal. These are important skills that will be useful in school projects, part-time jobs and in their careers in the future.

4) Help them understand money is not a barrier:

Giving back to others by a means of money is important, as it teaches your child to share and not be money hungry. However, donating their time and effort is just as important. It teaches your child that money is not the answer to everything, and there are things more important than money.

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