Parenting - values | 6-18 yrs

Champions Of Peace

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‘Empathy is seeing with the eyes of another, hearing with the heart of another and feeling with the heart of another.’ – Alfred Adler

Your little darling’s ability to empathise will cause her to make extraordinary impacts around her. So, how do we develop empathy in our children? Do we share disturbing and tragic pieces of news with them to make them understand the ugly side of life? Or, do we shelter them from such news. Of course, news involving tragedy and crisis can be quite upsetting even for adults. But, being a responsible parent means you cannot hide the truth from your children. You need to create awareness among them on issues such as apartheid, war, subjugation, terrorism and refugees. You should also teach your children the importance of choosing peace over violence and introduce Gandhi’s teachings to them.

Martin Luther King is another person whose teachings will help make a peacemaker out of your child and teach him empathy. When his house was burned down, endangering his wife and infant, Luther exhibited utmost calmness and control under extreme pressure during very violent times for the black people. ‘He spoke to them of love and forgiveness. “I want you to love our enemies,” he told them, “Be good to them. Love them and let them know that you love them”,’ says The Peace Blog.

You can also look into personalities like Bertha Von Suttner, Florence Nightingale, Nelson Mandela, Emperor Asoka and Buddha. You can also introduce them to Tegla Loroupe, Fambul Tok and the apartheid. They are great for discussions on peace and justice.

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