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The Compassion Cure: Let Your Kids Catch You Being Generous

,ESSONS IN COMPASSION CAN BE GROUNDING FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY IN TUMULTUOUS TIMES WHEN IT SEEMS LIKE RANDOM DANGER CAN STRIKE ANYWHERE AT ANY MOMENT ,ET YOUR KIDS CATCH YOU BEING KIND SO THEY WILL HAVE REAL LIFE MEMORIES TO RECOLLECT LATER THAT REMIND THEM TO BE A POSITIVE FORCE IN THE WORLD TODAY NO MATTER HOW OTHERS CHOOSE TO BEHAVE /FTEN CHILDREN ARE BETTER AT COMPASSION AND KINDNESS THAN ADULTS 7HEN THIS IS THE CASE WE SHOULD FOLLOW THEIR LEAD #ULTIVATING A SPIRIT OF GENEROSITY ENCOURAGES US TO SEE THE HUMANITY IN ANY SITUATION RATHER THAN DEFAULTING TO JUDGMENT OR CONDEMNATION 3O IF YOU WANT TO RAISE THOUGHTFUL PEACE LOVING KIDS SHOW THEM THE WAY 'ET SOME GENEROSITY GOING AND KEEP IT FLOWING

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