Getting Teens to Think More About Others

Teens have a lot going on in their lives: school, friends, activities outside of class, including studying, working, and of course, relaxing. All are essential to their personal lives. But how frequently do they devote time to serving the needs of others? Do they pay attention to causes that are not of particular concern to them, but are important to the community?

Greater Good offers five strategies parents can use right now to encourage teens to think more often beyond themselves. One idea is taking concrete steps to expose tweens and teens to other cultures and ethnic groups. Another is talking about their passions — and, supporting them to find activities that connect with their interests. None of the ideas suggested cost money; yet all of them promote your teen’s ability to care about others and act on their behalf. 

You can read “Five Ways to Help Teens Think Beyond Themselves” here.

Greater Good is the online magazine of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley.

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