Life was so different when we grew up. Kids currently must contend with school shootings, terrorism, the intrusion of technology, among many other things. As parents we go into self-protective mode and in many ways so do our children. This self-protection can often perpetuate the thinking and hyper-focusing of our own needs, rather than the needs of others. It is our responsibility to teach our children to look outward and connect with others in a fundamental and meaningful way. We must put concerted effort to instill kindness, compassion and empathy in them. Through engaging in community service and advocacy this can be facilitated. The “intention of doing” is not enough or as powerful as the actual “act of doing.” Read more via my blog on Psych Central.