While our children will make their own decisions and design their own destinies, there are certain things parents can do to help them be change agents. Here are five strategies for raising agents of positive change around the globe.

1.Teach your children to be self-aware.

Understanding where you end and another person begins is what differentiation is all about. It entails a strong feeling of self. You can’t be a change agent unless you know who you are and what you are and aren’t accountable for in the world.

  1. Assist your children in accepting responsibility.

As parents, we frequently believe that it is our responsibility to do all of the cleaning, cooking, and general upkeep of the home so that our children may do what they want: sports, homework, and hanging out with friends.

However, our children must understand that they share responsibility for the environment in which they live. Everyone is needed for the home to prosper. Everyone pitches in to assist with dinner. Everyone pitches in to help wash the dishes. When visitors arrive, everyone straightens up. These are collective obligations. True, not everyone can assist every night. Teach your children, however, to be responsible for the environment in which they live.

  1. Encourage innovation.

People who can participate creatively will be needed in the future we don’t yet fathom. The answers to tomorrow’s issues are unlikely to exist today. We frequently emphasize obedience and performance with our children, but what about creativity? We must support innovative endeavors. We must give our youngsters the opportunity to be bored.  Boredom is the womb of innovation. There are several ways to foster creativity, including musical instruments, painting, imaginative play, and reading fantasy literature. We must train our children to be creative.

  1. Discuss real-life issues.

Obviously, this must be age-appropriate, but we may start talking about real-life issues with our children at any age. If your children are young, teach them about compassion and empathy, how individuals of diverse ethnic, religious, and cultural origins deserve respect, how you can treat someone with dignity even if you disagree with them, and so on. Talk to your older children (pre-teens and teens) about political, social, and environmental concerns. Discuss new technology. Assist them in considering the influence of these factors on the moral sensibility you are attempting to teach.

  1. Competence is overshadowed by character.

I understand that we all want our children to thrive in everything – school, sports, friendships – but in doing so, we sometimes ignore the one thing that will help them become the sort of individuals who both live and do well in the world: character. We should spend more time concentrating on who our children are becoming rather than how they perform. To do so, you must first establish an anchor point from which to construct your moral framework. Where do you get your moral sensibilities? What steps will you take to instill that viewpoint in your children? This will not happen by chance, and it must start with you. It will be tough if you are unconcerned about your own moral development.

“We should spend more time concentrating on who our children are becoming than how they perform.”

 

Article by

Rose .A. Milani,

Parent Coach and Registered Mental Health Counsellor

Based in Melbourne, Australia

Rose.A.Milani@gmail.com

www.Milani.net.au

 

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