To encourage youth and support strong families and communities, try incorporating the Guiding Growth tips below into your daily routine
Practical Principle: Interpersonal Competence
Young person has empathy, sensitivity, and friendship skills.
- Have your elementary-aged child(ren) create a “friend list.” Help them write down all the qualities they want in a friend and then have them refer to it when they’re meeting new people or when a friend disappoints them.
- Have a family discussion about empathy and helping others when they need it. Choose a date on the calendar and call it “Empathy Day.” Let your child(ren) decide how they, individually, are going to help someone that day and then spend the day demonstrating empathy as a family.