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Christmas is coming and it is as if we all become more supportive: we participate in markets for charity purposes and / or we contribute our grain of sand to the city's food banks, but being supportive also has other connotations.Teach the child to be supportive not only at Christmas but throughout the year.
Why is it that when Christmas comes, we all feel a feeling of solidarity? Why can't we extend this behavior and behavior for the next twelve months? There are, in our day to day, hundreds of situations in which we can be in solidarity, because it is not just a word, it is an attitude in life, a gesture!Being supportive is ...
- Give love.
- Share laughs.
- Collect good times.
- Be generous every morning.
- Actively listen to the partner next to us.
- Know how to understand another person.
- Say something to our friend in time when he needs it.
Small details that impact the other person. But it is also that solidarity is closely connected with another value that we must instill in our children at Christmas and throughout the year: empathy.
What is really empathy? Empathy is putting yourself on the other's skin, something that is very difficult to do because no one teaches us. Empathy can be learned through emotions, For example, only if we have experienced anger and rage, can we understand and understand what a child feels in the same situation.
We cannot ask a child to have our values or our adult behavior, but there is something we have in common with him and he can help us both to connect: emotions. Their sadness will be very similar to ours, as will their anger or their joy. And that's where empathy begins!
The best place to start transmitting values and emotions is dinner time. Parents must first begin to tell what emotion they have had throughout the day, for example, 'today I was sad', 'today I was happy' or 'today at work they have made me feel different' ... Doing it so that the children see that we too have emotions and that we express them not to 'force' the child to immediately tell us something, because we already know that some children do not speak much. It is something that you will have to do little by little and that in the end will pay off. It is sowing!
You have to understand that to be able to share emotions you have to be in a present moment, of calm and tranquility, so a lot of patience. We can't trample on children's emotions but to understand them, understand them, and then work on them.
'We have come to this world as brothers; So let us walk hand in hand and one in front of the other, 'said William Shakespeare. Let's follow what the English writer tells us and let's go, step by step and day by day, educating our children in values such as solidarity through small gestures such as reading them a story, reciting poetry or showing them a fable.
- The day of the heroes
Being a hero is not dressing up as Superman or Batman. To be a hero is to be by the side of the one who needs us and to help the companion who is closest to us and that is the precious message that the story of 'Heroes' Day' transmits to us.
- White, pink and yellow
It doesn't matter where we were born, the color of our skin, the language we speak ... we have to explain to our children that we are all the same. You can do it through this poetry to educate in peace.
- The day of solidarity
What if we make children see that being supportive is full of advantages? You are happier, you share more things with your colleagues, the world is better and we all have a much better time. As happens to teacher Lechuza in her class.
- The boy and the beggar
Charity, kindness or solidarity are concepts that can be difficult for a child to understand, hence the need for many parents to resort to educational tools such as poetry. 'The boy and the beggar' I will make them see that we must be understanding and respect others and, above all, not let ourselves be guided by their physical appearance.
It is clear that at Christmas we can teach our children values such as empathy and solidarity ... Now that you know how, do we start?
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