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Teaching Our Kids About Compassion

Disclosure: I am part of the PTPA Brand Ambassador Program with Harvest Time and I received compensation as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions in this post are my own.

Dictionary.com describes compassion as “a feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for another who is stricken by misfortune, accompanied by a strong desire to alleviate the suffering”. With 3 kids (15, 11 & 6), I definitely want to teach them about compassion and about how to help the people around us. I think that the best way to start teaching kids what compassion looks like is for them to see you being compassionate to others. When your kids see you helping a neighbor carry groceries into their home, you volunteering to help package meals for the homeless with a local church or helping a single mom find clothes and household goods that she desperately needs, your kids will learn what compassion looks like and how they can show it to others.

This past week, we had a new dining room table delivered (our first new table ever!). When it got here, the man delivering it was not nice & not helpful at all. He said he was just supposed to drop it off at the curb and leave but he would “do me a favor” and bring it into my garage. My 15 year old son could tell that I was on the verge of tears at the way I was being talked to, so as soon as the delivery truck left, he gave me a pep talk and told me we could move the 110 lb. table into the house together. It was hard but we did it and he then continued to help me assemble to table and a few of the chairs. Looking back, I have a great amount of pride that my son showed me compassion. He saw that I was hurt, let down and angry and wanted to help me in any way possible.

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With all of the bullying that happens in the country today (both at schools and online), teaching kids about compassion is incredibly important. I have been lucky enough to team up with Harvest Time Partners to learn more about compassion. They have released a series of books called The Principles of Our World that help to teach kids about important principles, like compassion, honesty, teamwork and more. The books show real-life situations with the help of illustrated characters and they encourage principle-based decision making as a way to resolve everyday challenges.  The Principles of Our World books are great for parents and teachers to read to young children (4+) or for readers that are starting to read on their own (7+).

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In addition to the books, Harvest Time Partners has also created award winning, educational family games that help open the door to more effective communication and to help make decisions based on the principles also outlined in the books, like courage and sacrifice. Abundant Harvest is a board game (for either Kids or Teens & Adults). For small groups, road trips so just a question or two at the dinner table, Face to Face is a conversation starter game for either Kids, Teens & Adults or a Dinner Party.

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You can find Harvest Time at their website, on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Pinterest.

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  1. wendy c g October 21, 2014

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