A recent Harvard study revealed 80% of children surveyed responded that their parents were more focused on and concerned about their achievement or happiness than whether they cared for others. They also revealed that their parents were prouder about their children receiving good grades than being good members in their class or group.
As a parent of four myself, all of this is understandable. We all want our children to do well and be happy. But it is also important to stress kindness and empathy for others, because that will largely help determine the future world our children live in.
Be a strong role model and show them kindness by example. Make caring second nature. Hold them to high ethical expectations. Encourage them to care for those who are vulnerable. Hug your children. Teach them peace and caring for others.
Always remember, “love” is a four-letter word for children. They spell it “T-I-M-E.”