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.

About Center for Parent and Teen Communication

CPTC is fortunate to receive editorial contributions from a range of multi-disciplinary experts, journalists, youth, and more.

Read more articles by this author

Help spread the word about CPTC and our mission:

You Have Parenting Questions. We Have Parenting Answers.

Subscribe And Stay Informed

Sign up for the weekly CPTC newsletter and get parenting tips delivered right to your inbox. Join the growing movement to change how our community sees teens.

You Have Parenting Questions. We Have Parenting Answers.

Subscribe And Stay Informed

Sign up for the weekly CPTC newsletter and get parenting tips delivered right to your inbox. Join the growing movement to change how our community sees teens.

Get our weekly newsletter for practical tips to strengthen family connections.