Sharing time with family and friends. Sharing food (perhaps a cookie or two). These are all wonderful ways to show others that we care about them, and excellent skills to be teaching our children.

But caring is more than sharing, and is fundamentally important to helping raise our children to be empathetic, responsible, successful, and ultimately happy young people and adults. From improved social relationships to success in the workplace, when we are concerned for others and care, we all benefit.

The Harvard Making Caring Common (MCC) project focuses on issues around care and has tips and resources for parents and educators. MCC’s Raising Caring Children resource features seven tips, each with a “why”, a “how”, and set of practical examples to try at home. Below is an example of some of those examples on how to be a strong moral role model and mentor.

[Expert taken from Raising Caring Children]

Try this

  • Service. Regularly engage in community service or model other ways of contributing to a community. Even better, consider doing this with your child.

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