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There’s no denying it, politics has turned the world into a hostile place. It’s impossible to read the news without seeing stories about angry tweets, hateful confrontations, or tragic violence devastating innocent lives. Cruelty has gone viral, and it needs to be stopped. The question is, how? While it might be difficult to change the past, or convince mature adults to abandon their own prejudices, it’s never too late to change the future by teaching our children to be civil. In light of the fact that people are finding it easier to be unkind to one another, there has never been a more important time to go the extra mile in order to prevent kids from growing into toxic adults. Here are four tips to prevent your child from taking up bad habits influenced by negative politics:

1.        Be a Role Model:

No matter what age they are, children learn more from the example set by parents than any other source of behavioral conditioning. That means if you play any kind of an influential role over children, it all starts with you. Demonstrate the maturity and politeness you expect from children by talking the talk, and walking the walk.

2.       Be on the Lookout for Teaching Moments:

If your children are ever exposed to sad or controversial news, don’t let them observe it without having a composed discussion about said news. Use such moments to analyze the events of the day and teach them good ethics. Make sure they understand the difference between right and wrong through objective, level-headed dialogue.

3.       Be Charitable Together:

One of the easiest ways to erase anger and hatred is to sincerely offer help to someone else in need. Engaging in philanthropy inspires people to be compassionate and selfless. A good way to remind your family about kindness is to actively volunteer together in order to aide the less-fortunate. This is one of the most direct ways to motivate the human conscience.

4.       Don’t Saturate Your Home with Bad News:

Sometimes you just can’t control how other people feel, or what they do. While it’s important to stay informed about important happenings in society, remember to create a safe haven in your home from all the strife on display in the news. Instead of obsessing over the latest scandals, switch off the news every now and then and focus on your own family. Share frequent leisure time together as a way to erase the tension in the air.

Considering how unpredictable the news is today, it’s understandable if it feels like the sky could fall at any moment. Even worse, it feels like the sky could fall on the very kids we’re all supposed to protect. But in the words of Hellen Keller, “character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.” Don’t let difficult times fuel despair in your heart. Instead, use difficult times to forge integrity both in yourself, and the precious children you’re working so hard to raise. If you like what you just read from our blog, you’ll love the various informative workshops and events listed on our website and social media. Whether you’re interested in personal development, or overall improvement of your business, give us a call at 1 (888) 823-7757 to find out how The RIS! E Programs Academy for Business Coaching and Leadership Training can help you break past your daily struggles and start soaring in success.