Personally, I don't think you can start teaching kids about compassion at too young an age. Mainly, because with kids,...

Personally, I don't think you can start teaching kids about compassion at too young an age. Mainly, because with kids, they're big on do as I do, not as I say. Whatever they see you do, they're going to mimic.

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The best way to start teaching your baby or toddler about caring and compassion is to be caring and compassionate yourself. Here are some tips. Respect your little one's feelings. Tiny humans need to be allowed to have emotions. Crying should never be answered by you saying, "What a crybaby" or "quit crying over such little things." All people, big and small, lose it from time to time. If someone told you to quit crying, you'd feel hurt, so don't say it to your baby. Don't squelch other emotions either. I've actually heard a mom tell her toddler that he sounded stupid laughing so much - can you imagine? Say things like thank you, please, I love you, that's so nice of you, and other kind phrases often. Your baby is getting language skills from you sure, but there's more to it. In a family, it's easy to forget the day to day nice things you should say. Just because you've lived with the same partner for eight years, doesn't mean you shouldn't still say please and thank you for small things like setting the table, or passing the broccoli. Your child is forming ideas about how the world works - allow him to always see nice words in action, and he'll use them too. Use expressions frequently and appropriately. Frowning whenever your baby cries is giving him the idea that what he feels may not be ok. Smiling or laughing when he pulls your hair gives him the idea that hair pulling is super keen, not a poor idea. Practice faces with your baby and see how he responds. He'll smile when you smile, frown when you frown. Babies will often even look concerned if you're worried. He's going to be placing a lot of worth in your expressions and how you use them, so use them wisely. Teaching compassion and caring isn't all that tricky. If you treat your child how you'd like to be treated, you'll do just fine. Too many parents forget that their little one is an actual human, with a varying personality, and not simply someone to parent and or rule over. Yes you should be a parent, your child needs rules to keep him safe, but you're not always the last word, the only one with a say, or the one who is always right. You'd hate to live with someone who acted like that towards you, so don't act that way to your kids.

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