Of course we want our children to be thoughtful, generous and fair. But on the family schedule, intentional acts of kindness and service often come behind homework, soccer and piano lessons. Why? Because good grades, sports, music -- all these activities "position our children for success," as one mother told me. Empathy, compassion and caring are qualities we hope and expect our kids will pick up, but they rarely make the cut when considering how to spend a Tuesday evening or Saturday morning.
Research says that's a mistake. Studies increasingly suggest that if you want your child to be successful (whether defined as happiness, academic achievement, good health or social connections) practicing kindness and doing for others should be high on your family's to-do list. Read on to see why.
Jenny Friedman, Executive Director