Raising a (Royally) Compassionate Child

By Viv Schaffel

The demands of royalty can be quite challenging. You have to be "on" all the time and must always be seen as gracious. Now that the young Prince of Cambridge is here, we're all interested not only in his much publicized welcome, but in discovering who he will turn out to be, and how his parents will raise him.

The legacy Britain's new baby inherits is one of grace and charity; the young prince is bound to be bred for benevolence.

And of course, every parent wants to raise a kind, compassionate child. But how? One of the most important things to keep in mind is that your child’s behavior, ideals and understanding of the world will be modeled after YOU.

Here are a few things worth considering by royals and commoners alike.

Charity. The way your child sees you interact with people less fortunate will make a lifelong impression. Charity doesn't have to take a lot of time, but it DOES require effort and awareness. And children learn by example. If you make paying it forward a part of your everyday life, chances are, your child will too.

Compassion. The young royal family sends off a vibe that, regardless of their elite upbringing, they can relate to folks from all walks of life. When you express compassion freely, your children learn from your example and develop the ability to imagine how it feels to walk in another's shoes. Showing compassion can be as simple as saying, "I get how you must feel" to someone.

Humility. Ever notice how the people we tend to admire are the ones who don’t talk about their own accomplishments? They’d rather hear about you. And that makes you want to be around them! A sense of humility—with a healthy perspective on the role each of us has to play—is an enviable trait worth passing on.

Honor. It’s when you do the right thing, even if no one is looking. When you treat people with the utmost fairness, and keep a sense of integrity at the core of everything you do. It’s expected of royals, and it’s admirable in everyone.

These are just a few royally cool characteristics that will make life better for any little prince or princess. No crowns needed.
Our parenting advice is given as suggestions only. We recommend you also consult your healthcare provider, and urge you to contact them immediately if your question is urgent or about a medical condition.