Like many of you, when I was a kid, I was taught to be empathetic toward others, and to be gracious for everything – from the person who stopped at the crosswalk to let me cross the street to the restaurant worker who brought my food. Being honest, and courageous enough to stand up for what I believe in were all traits my parents and grandparents instilled in many at a very young age, which I’m forever grateful for.
While I don’t have children of my own yet, I have friends who are parents tell me they don’t know when they should teach their small children such valuable skills or how to do so. In fact, a recent survey stated that 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.
Renowned pediatrician and parenting expert, Dr. Laura Jana who authored the book “Heading Home With Your Newborn: From Birth To Reality, joined me for an interview this week to discuss the importance of raising selfless children in a selfie world, and shared tips on how to do so. If you have ever wondered how you can help your child develop such important traits such as empathy, compassion, honesty, courage, cooperation and more, you’ll definitely want to watch the interview below.
Video: See Candace Rose interview pediatrician and parenting expert, Dr. Laura Jana on how to raise selfless children in a selfie world. Hear her share at what age children are able to start learning character development skills, why a child’s IQ is no longer enough to measure school preparedness, steps parents can take at home to help young children learn big life lessons, tips for parents who want to put their children in early education programs that nurture character, and much more. For more information, please visit: Primroseschools.com/blog.
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.
Sponsor: Primrose Schools. Candace Rose was not compensated by the sponsor for this interview.