What do you think are the most important traits to encourage in a child’s development?
This is an inherently personal question, one that will provoke a wide variety of answers from parents, educators, and researchers around the world. There are so many traits and abilities that can add to a child’s likelihood of success that it’s hard to pick just a few.
Not only are there seemingly endless traits that could contribute to a child’s success, everyone has their own unique view on the ideal traits for a child (and, eventually, an adult) to possess.
I certainly don’t intend to tell you that the two traits I am about to discuss are the most important, but it could be argued that these two traits are among those most in need of encouragement in young people. Many assume that they will develop naturally in children, so any extra time spent encouraging them is time that could be better spent on studying math, practicing the piano, or playing basketball.
Fortunately, these two traits do often develop without any special attention paid to them but imagine how different classrooms, offices, organisations, and homes around the world might be if they were specifically targeted during childhood development?
I don’t think anyone would argue that the world would be worse off with more of these two traits, kindness and empathy, so why not give them a shot?
While it’s important to begin instilling kindness and empathy early, it’s never too late to learn how to be more empathetic.
Accurate Listening Exercise
The list below details the seven steps for accurate listening, a practice which is an important first step in showing empathy and compassion for others.
The steps are as follows:
Listening sounds like an easy thing to do but there is a big difference, in both process and outcomes, between simply “listening” without paying much attention and active listening. Active listeningis the best way to connect with another person and is a vital piece of healthy relationships.
How to apply accurate listening to your life.
The instructions are as follows:
“Consider, for example, a person in your family or at work you have a different opinion to. The next steps below describe how you can practice reflective listening and really hear the other person in real-life situations. You can use this tool whenever you have to deal with, for example, a discussion or conflict between people.”
The five steps to applying accurate listening to a real-life situation are: