I try to live by the motto “think globally but act locally.” In other words, I want to know what’s going on in my neighborhood, I want to get to know my neighbors and I certainly want to be available to help whenever they need me. I don’t want to be that person who had their door shut at all times or someone who isn’t there to help or turn off a neighbor’s water sprinklers when they are on vacation. I want to be a neighbor that can be counted on.
By doing so, hopefully my children will see just how important it is to give someone a helping hand when they need it because you truly, genuinely care.
Plus, you don’t need a study to tell you that caring leads to more happiness and fulfillment in life. Emotional connections with others make us more fulfilled and help us lead more complete lives. Shutting out this possibility may eliminate risk of being hurt, but it is also eliminating the possibility of finding happiness with another.
In other words, caring is important and it’s a key character trait that shouldn’t go unnoticed. That’s why it’s important to teach your child to be a caring, compassionate person.