Consideration

About This Module

In a world where it’s ‘all about me’, it’s more important than ever to teach our children how to show care, concern and kindness to others. Being considerate of family members, friends and neighbours is a key skill parents can teach their children.

Consideration is a fundamental interpersonal skill which builds on the concepts covered in our Learning Perspectives and Developing Empathy modules.

What You'll Learn

  • Teach consideration to your child as part of everyday life.

  • Help your child learn the importance of being considerate to others.

  • Help your child to develop this important social skill.

  • Help reduce or eliminate household family arguments.

Psychology Fun Facts

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  • Consideration is a vital life skill and is particularly required when it comes to making lasting friendships. 

  • Consideration is a learned skill, meaning we need to teach it to our children. They do not just learn it automatically.

  • Young children are self-centred and do things in ways that suit themselves. It’s easier to begin by teaching your child to be considerate towards you and then encourage your child to be considerate towards other people.

  • When learning friendship skills, the stages your child goes through are, learning about other people’s perspectives, developing a sense of empathy and then, finally learning to be considerate. This is developing in your child between the ages of 4 and 8.

    If you are unsure whether your child has a good sense of seeing other people’s perspective and can show empathy, there are two modules to help you with this. Make sure you start with the Learning Perspectives Module first before moving on to the Developing Empathy Module.

  • To help your child learn to be considerate, it’s important to reinforce your request with a reason. Explaining how their behaviour helps you gives your child a reason to alter their behaviour to achieve something that benefits another person as well as themselves.

  • Once your child has grasped the skill of consideration, as a parent, you will find yourself having to intervene in their disputes with family and friends far less.

    For example, your child’s friend is visiting on a play date but hasn’t brought their bike. Prior to learning consideration your child may choose to ride their own bike while their friend watches bored and upset. Once your child has grasped consideration, he will choose to play another game which includes their friend and is fun for both.

  • Once your child has learnt a strong sense of consideration, many other lessons in life become easier. Taking turns, sharing and many other life skills are all built from the ability to be considerate to another’s point of view.

  • Consideration is a two-way street. Children will learn to be considerate far quicker when consideration is reciprocated back to them.

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