Karen Cammuso, PhD, senior staff psychologist at the Bradley School and clinical assistant professor at Brown Medical School, offered a presentation on how to raise children who want to help others at Parenting Matters 2005: Practical Information for Raising Children. This is an overview of her presentation.
What Type of Child Wants to Help Others?
A child who:
Parents can help their child make better choices by explaining their parental behavior and its implications for the child and others. Children need to recognize that they have a self to assert, but that there are guidelines for that assertion and implications for others.
Unilateral decision-making does not promote the ability to make choices. For example, when siblings complain to a parent when arguing, rather than telling them what to do, involve them in the decision making process to find the best solution. This results in a child who can make choices, while following rules and respecting limits. It also promotes a respectful dynamic between adult and child.
Teach by example by helping others:
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