Is it important as Grandparents that we encourage our grandchildren to take the time to slow down and help others?
What benefits are there of stopping, and taking notice of what’s going on around you?
Well, Daniel Goleman believes that it is important that we go from a place of complete absorption to one of empathy and compassion, and there is no reason why we can’t teach our grandchildren to do the same.
He states, “The simple fact is that if we are focused on ourselves, if we’re preoccupied – which we so often are throughout the day – we don’t really fully notice other[s].”
Being Preoccupied with Ourselves
Most people spend a lot of time focused on their own needs, forgetting about how this may affect others.
Grandchildren are no different, and while it is natural for young children to think only of themselves, all children are being influenced by the behavior of those around them and what they see happening on television and in movies.
Why Should Our Grandchildren Slow Down?
Well, the simple truth is we often don’t notice what is going on around us because we are too busy.
Our grandchildren are the same.
However, if we encourage our grandchildren to physically stop and look at what is happening around them, they will see that someone struggling or perhaps another child left out.
Does the dog need fresh water? Does Mom need a hand with the dishes?
Teaching children to be more mindful is a great way of helping them to develop their own inner wellbeing, and to help the community on the whole.
It will strengthen their confidence in their own abilities and actually make them truly happy.
All of these things can have a positive influence on raising well-adjusted and competent grandchildren.