How to Raise a Compassionate Child

How to Raise a Compassionate Child

Compassion is one of the most important social skills that your child will need. Without any real understanding of how others feel and how to respond, it can be difficult to form a relationship and connect with others. It seems simple. Someone’s sad so we comfort them. However, it’s not so apparent to children. They will need your help in recognising the difference between emotions. You can help by making them aware when their friends or others around them are sad and guide them by offering tips on how they can help. Here are some more parenting tips that were shared with us by a private school in Berkshire.

Understanding Their Own Feelings

It’s something you can also do by helping them to look inward and consider how they feel within themselves. Being able to resonate to a moment or a feeling felt at a precise moment in time can be eye-opening and allow for them to truly empathise and show compassion. 

How to Recognise Emotions 

Another way that you can teach your child the different emotions is through role play. You can act out various scenarios like being upset and wanting to play with their toys. It will give them the opportunity to think about what they should do in that situation and practise how to respond.


Just as they are there for others, it’s important that children are there for themselves and talk to themselves kindly. Self-compassion is huge for a child’s confidence. You can help them with this by demonstrating positive behaviours and setting a good example. You can start with self-care, being more forgiving of yourself when you make mistakes and putting yourself first occasionally.

These are just a few of the ways that you can help your child with empathy and compassion. There are of course many more. You can explore story books together that teach children valuable lessons on how to be kind and not treat others. You should also make sure that you’re not too hard on your child and show them compassion.

*This is a collaborative post.