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How to raise selfless children is a question that is becoming more difficult to answer these days. In the age of the selfie and viral video, we all want to raise our children to be good people with strong character, looking outside of themselves to show empathy for others.
In a recent national parent survey, an overwhelming majority believe that in today’s social media-focused world, nurturing positive character traits in children is more important than it used to be. Still, nearly half of parents (48 percent) think preschool is too young for children to start learning critical social-emotional skills, like generosity, getting along with others and compassion.
Enter Pediatrician and Parenting Expert, Dr. Laura Jana. She joined me to give her advice on how parents can raise selfless children. She also discussed steps parents can take at home to help young children learn big life lessons, and how soon parents start helping their kids develop empathy, courage, cooperation, honesty and generosity.
Raise Selfless Children
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Meet Our Guest:
Dr. Laura Jana is a board-certified pediatrician and proud mother of three, health communicator and award-winning parenting and children’s books author. She currently serves as Director of Innovation at the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Public Health. Having first received a BS Degree in Cellular-Molecular Biology, Dr. Jana earned her MD from Case Western Reserve University and completed her pediatric residency at UCSF and Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital. In addition, she has provided health and lifestyle advice to media outlets nationwide, including The Today Show, CNN, Good Morning America, PR, Time, People, The New York Times and USA Today. Dr. Jana serves as a media spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics, and has served on the national Executive Committee for Early Education and Child Care.