Children & Selflessness
Children desperately need to learn compassion as a way to teach them how to control greed and wants. They will learn first and best from their parents’ behaviors how much emphasis, emotion, arguments, conversation, time and effort go into things versus family, charity, true self-improvement, education, the arts, prayer, and religious observance. They learn also from the effort parents put into teaching them to distinguish between wants and true human needs. Parents must not overindulge children with objects of fads and trends out of proportion to books, sports, music, school and charity work. Parents should also involve their children in activities of generosity and selflessness, so that from an early age, children can learn the joy of giving in addition to the fun of receiving.
(“The Ten Commandments” by Dr. Laura Schlessinger)