"Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope. " - Maya Angelou. I will not teach my children to hate, instead I will teach them to love. #lovewillwin
Reading books together with your children gives the opportunity to talk about what is happening with the character’s feelings in the story. The same is true with TV and movies. The storyline often involves challenges and victories which offer great opportunity to talk about emotions. As you read books and/or watch movies this weekend, be cognisant of the character's feelings and discuss them with your children. Cultivate empathy while having a cozy time. What's your favorite books to read with your child/ren?
Family VALUES precede family RULES. Always. Because what you value determines the rules. Values explain the 'why' behind the rules, the need for them. Sometimes it may seem easier to determine rules, but it will be easier for everyone in the family to follow the rules if they know why the rules are important. If you value LOVE, it is because of our love for one another that we do not hurt one another--either physically or emotionally. How have you seen your values shape your family rules?
Values guide decisions. Decisions guide actions. Actions define a person. What are your values? Where did your values come from? What values do you want to pass on to your children? What values need redefining? One of our core family values is LOVE. In all that we do, we want to be defined by LOVE. To show LOVE, we need to have EMPATHY. We need to be willing to see the world through someone else's perspective. We can start teaching our children about empathy early on.