As a parent, you want to see your child act with compassion and show empathy to others. They may need a bit of a push and some guidance, though, to learn how to show others these qualities. Teaching compassion and empathy to children can start when children are very young, according to Denver-based psychologist and author of “Peaceful Parenting,” Nancy Buck. However, if you haven't discussed these ideas and values with your children until the teen years, it's not too late, Buck advises. While the sooner you start mentioning these qualities as a family value, the better; you can still give your teen the tools to be a compassionate and empathetic individual.
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Parenting Teens to Be Successful
Your child's teenage years can be pleasant and memorable if you foster an environment that encourages successful, responsible, caring and independent behavior. “Parents who demonstrate their ability to meet their needs for safety, love, power, fun and freedom in respectful and responsible ways provide a model for teens to learn to do the same,” says Nancy Buck, Denver-based psychologist and author of “Peaceful Parenting” and “How to Be a Great Parent.”
How Parents Affect Teenage Personality Development
A harsh word or a moment of praise can make a significant difference in how a teenager’s personality develops. In fact, more than words, actions can affect the type of personality teens develop. Being aware of how parents can positively influence a child’s development is key when fostering healthy and happy teenagers.
Getting the Most Out of an After-School Job
As your teen joins the workforce, it's important to foster his sense of growth and accomplishment, while also setting realistic expectations for the responsibility of a job. Although adjusting to a job may not be easy for your teen, the rewards can outweigh the challenges, says New York-based psychotherapist Lauren Urban-Colacicco. "The benefits of working after school include a greater sense of competency and responsibility and [learning] greater time management skills," she says.