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Respect, Compassion & Understanding - Part 2

Jonathan Hinshaw - Wednesday, April 29, 2015

The Foundation of Child Development Milestones

(2nd of a 6 Part Series)   

Based on numerous conversations on the subject of respect, compassion and understanding  with everyday people, I have found that the sensitive nature is driven by the sense that acknowledgment and respect for people who are different than themselves challenges their own identity. Let’s examine an example noted in the prior article of the rich kid / poor kid scenario. Better yet, let’s examine it from both perspectives. Without any coaching, the rich child’s first reaction may be to tease the poor child over his worn out clothes, while the poor child may build a resentment towards the wealthy child over what he has vs. what he himself does not have. Same thing with faith based apparel – without any prior schooling, a Muslim child walking into class for the first time wearing a head scarf (hijab) is sure to garner stares, and worse, ridicule. Am I suggesting that children be taught on the specific diffrenecs in other children that they may encounter? Of course not. Not only is this not realistic, but it would be unproductive. I am simply suggesting that by embracing the premise of respect, compassion and understanding at an early age can make all the difference in the world in not only their lives, but the world in which they live in. 

These first 2 articles have focused on the context, definition and importance of early childhood learning or respect, compassion and understanding. The next article will discuss practical methods of implementing these invaluable lessons at an early age.

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