Sarah - posted on 02/08/2009 ( 3 moms have responded )
Does anybody have ideas or thoughts on how to help kids become more empathetic and unselfish? My 9 and 7 year old daughters really need a good lesson in empathy when it comes to helping out at home. They pick up their belongings everyday, sometimes without being told; but when it comes to helping their dad or myself they act like I asked to to go find a full time job! If we ask them to come and help take groceries to the house, or get something from the car they will outright refuse. Then it come down to TELLING them they have to do it which they can't refuse without getting in trouble. We don't want to have to be demanding all the time, it would be nice if they would comply with a smile on their face. Heck, I don't even need a smile just a nice "yes mommy" would be great!