Parents, what do you hope for your children? According to Harvard’s Making Caring Common Project, there’s a gap between what parents say their top priorities are for their kids, and what kids perceive those priorities to be.
Ninety-six percent of parents say they want caring kids, and that moral character is very important, if not essential. But 81 percent of kids think happiness or achievement is their parents' top priority.
Being caring and kind is important to kids, but it's often overshadowed by pressure to achieve good grades and be happy.
To help children become caring, responsible and respectful, parents should make caring for others a priority. It's also crucial to be a positive role model and be aware of what values you are modeling.
Parents can also help their children manage their feelings, consider new perspectives and stand up for those who are most vulnerable.