Bill Belew has raised 2 bi-cultural kids, now 34 and 30. And he and his wife are now parenting a 3rd, Mia, who is 8.
What qualities make your child a hero? | How to raise a well-respected child (Part 5)
Daddy says that one of his biggest faults is that he often forgets how to put himself in the place of other people.
The Indians in America used to say, “Walking in somebody else’s moccasins.”
Pocahontas sings about it in the Colors of the Wind.
Quality # 5- Empathy
Daddy says he used to be very understanding of other people. Then he got super critterized. (Ed. critical).
But now he realizes he needs to remember that people are just trying to be the best they can be, do the best they can do. Or at least expect that they are even they aren’t.
And if he can remember that he will be more empathetic, more understanding. And ‘life’ becomes calmer for him.
If children can learn to think of others in addition to themselves, and sometimes instead of themselves, the child will stand out.
Too often, children are taught to get what’s coming to them first and foremost.
Trying hard is not a bad thing. Not giving up is a great thing. But thinking about other people and understanding them also is what makes children different, special … maybe even the hero we have been talking about.
How do your parents teach you to think about your classmates?