05: Five Strategies for Raising Kind Kids with Harvard's Dr. Rick Weissbourd
If we want our children to be moral people, we have to raise them that way. Yet Harvard researchers found the majority of youth in a study said their parents were more concerned with their achievement or happiness than whether they cared for others. And that’s exactly what Dr. Rick Weissbourd is out to correct. As he says, it’s most important that we help teach kids to be kind. It’s what he studies as Harvard University’s Faculty Director for Making Caring Common—looking at how adults can mentor children’s moral and ethical development. He’s a psychologist and lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and the Harvard Kennedy School, and two-time author, including “The Parents We Mean to Be,” which was named one of the best books of its year by The New Yorker. He consults with schools and organizations across the country and has advised on family policy and school reform at every level of government. In this episode, Dr. Weissbourd shares five strategies to raise moral, kind and caring kids. Because, as he says, our primary role as parents should be growing good citizens who care. Find show notes for this episode and more at caringmagazine.org/podcast.