This article lets us know that caring for others is a skill; it needs to be practiced. We cannot expect that this is something that our children will just develop on their own without some help. I believe that developing this skill can help protect against numerous disorders. This skills may not prevent something like Conduct Disorder or Oppositional Defiant Disorder, but it may keep some of the symptoms from developing. If you are taught to care about others, it is less likely that you will continually break the law or violate the rights of others-a hallmark symptom of Conduct Disorder.
Of course, teaching this to our children isn't easy-or everyone would already be doing it. If you find yourself needing help or support, a psychologist is a great person to turn to. We may not be able to teach these skills for you, but we can help design a method that works for your family or help you come up with something new when you feel like you've tried everything.
So enjoy this article and know that every small kind act, whether you are overtly teaching it or modeling, will help your child learn kindness. Let me know what you think in the comments.