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Raising Compassionate Children
Episode 2020th October 2021 • How Not to Screw Up Your Kids • Dr Maryhan
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The world has never felt more divisive. Globally we have the hugely divisiveness of political views, whether this relates to vaccination, climate change or in the United Kingdom the whole division which was created around Brexit. 

Extremism and radical views aren’t born, they are made and when we live in a society in which we either consciously or unconsciously place people into groups or give them labels we are in real danger of dehumanising people.  

How does this relate to compassion and children I hear you ask? 

It comes into our everyday living. When our child comes home from School and says another child has repeatedly pushed them over in the playground we might describe the other child as naughtily, unkind, mean, a bully and encourage our child to stay away from them.  

These seemingly small acts lead to greater divisions. So how do we teach our children to be compassionate? In my view the secret is in 5 regular practices, which I share in this episode 

Here are the highlights: 

{00:53} Labels can be dehumanizing 

{04:10} Adopting a growth mindset 

{6:54} The power of yet 

{13:47} Modelling compassion 

{19:32} Practicing gratitude 

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