I have become kind of obsessed with the “Making Caring Common” project that is being done by the Harvard Graduate School of Educations. They have some great articles and resources for parents and educators to help kids become more caring, more emphatic, more generous kids which will hopefully follow them into adulthood.
A couple weeks ago we added a parenting resource from the project, and I did a blog about raising caring kids. It introduced parents to 7 tips for raising caring kids. I wanted to follow up with another resource that comes from the “Making Caring Common” project website. This time the resource comes from their “Doing Good Together” blog post. Doing Good Together is a national nonprofit that is trying to empower families to raise caring kids.
They found research shows that kids who are raised in families that do routine things together, like singing, playing games, telling stories, reading and eating dinner together, are more likely to have high social-emotional health. These kids show more empathy. Doing Good Together has come up with a list of 29 discussion questions to help start big-hearted conversations with your kids. The idea is that if routines build empathy, then intentionally big-hearted routines, like big-hearted conversations, could help prepare your kids for a lifetime of generosity.
To see the full list of 29 discussion questions, read their full blog post “For Families: Inspire Everyday Acts of Caring with Family Routines”.
I’m having dinner with my daughter and her boyfriend tonight and I plan on trying out the first 2 questions –
1) Did you get a chance to help anyone today?
2) Did anyone help you today?
Even though she is 29 years old, I don’t think it is ever too late to have big-hearted conversations with your kids.
And as always, if you come across someone who you think would benefit from our resources or from our “Surgery Day” book, please send them our way.