A Child’s Ability to Show Empathy and Kindness Is What Parents Are Most Proud Of

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According to the results of a recent poll, parents feel most proud of their children’s empathetic, kind, and compassionate nature. (Image: Rido via Dreamstime)

In recent times, where being self-centered rules, an amazing survey report comes out making everyone feel good. According to the results, you can see that parents feel most proud of their children’s empathetic, kind, and compassionate nature. Nowadays, when every person is trying to compete and outdo others to remain ahead, displaying humanitarian traits like empathy, compassion, kindness, and helpfulness is something that surely needs appreciation.

In a survey of 1,000 parents with children ranging in age from three to seven years old, it was seen that parents felt immensely proud when their kids demonstrated qualities like selflessness, compassion, and empathy towards others. Upon observation, it was seen that 84 percent of the children showed these behavioral patterns when they were with their friends and they displayed these loving and caring traits almost six times a week. 

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Children of the parents who participated in the survey demonstrated selflessness, compassion, and empathy towards others almost six times a week.
Children of the parents who participated in the survey demonstrated selflessness, compassion, and empathy towards others almost six times a week. (Image: Tatyana Vychegzhanina via Dreamstime)

This research is a part of launching the inaugural ‘Thomas & Friends International Friendship Day Awards’. The awards honor the best friendships of UK children in the past year. Spokeswoman Claudia Caron says: “The research has really highlighted the importance parents put on ensuring their children build great relationships at an early age.” She also goes on to say: “Friendship can teach a child so many things and the survey has illustrated many of the positive impacts that give parents a sense of pride.”

The best thing is that almost 77 percent of dads, moms, and caregivers love to help the children by creating quality, long-lasting relationships and they are actively making attempts so that this happens. If you see that a child has an average of five friends, two of them will be best friends! Parents try various ways to help their children build friendships and long-lasting relationships. Some of them include teaching them to apologize to others when they are at fault, encouraging conversations, and permitting them to go on playdates with their friends.

Empathy needs to be instilled at a very young age

While teaching and helping their children to make friends, many parents recall their own experiences. Ninety percent of parents emphasize that kids must learn to display their regard and gratitude towards any person who has gone above and beyond to help them. The value of empathy and thankfulness should be instilled in children from a very young age so that they grow up to be compassionate and kind human beings.

Colorful painted rock with the word 'Empathy' on it.
The value of empathy and thankfulness should be instilled in children from a very young age so that they grow up to be compassionate and kind human beings. (Image: Boon Leng Teo via Dreamstime)

Thomas & Friends International Friendship Day Awards

The main aim of launching the ‘Thomas & Friends International Friendship Day Awards’ is to felicitate outstanding acts of kindness and friendship by children. You can file your nominations now. The final result will be announced on July 30, International Friendship Day.

Aston Merrygold, the eminent singer and musician, who is also a dad, is proud to be associated with such an award. He feels honored to be helping children who have done kind things for their friends and others. The empathetic and compassionate gestures of the kids have moved the artist. He says: “I look forward to meeting all the winners and giving them their trophies and prizes at the awards ceremony for International Friendship Day in July.”

The survey results also show that almost 73 percent of the parents were worried about the impact of the lockdown on the children, as they couldn’t see their friends in person for a long time. With the lifting of the restrictions, 67 percent of the parents actively helped their kids in making up for the lost time.

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