How do you teach teens to think of others when they tend fo focus on "me".
What are ways you have used to attempt to teach your teens to become more "other centered" and less "me centered".
I show them a Power Point I made of photos taken by Nasa's Deep Space Hubble telescope- one in particular shows tens of thousands of galaxies- absolutely stunning...then I show them Earth's relative position in Orion's arm in the Milky Way galaxy. Then I show various satellite views of Earth, panning in to a Google Earth shot of our own little neighborhood. The last frame of the presentation simply says, "Change your world." It never fails to open their eyes and blow their minds.
Sadly, being self-centered is part of growing up and realizing you are an individual. Showing your teen that the world is bigger than themselves could potentially help, but i recommend a longer lasting remedy. The best thing that you can do is be a role model. Try to get them involved, as a family activity, in volunteering and helping others. Seeing the impact they can make in another's life will make them want to be "other centered" and it will empower them as an individual, in knowing they can make a difference.
I believe we come into world only thinking about "me" as children. Eventually we learn the concept of sharing either by having siblings or creating friendships. As for altruistic giving I believe (parents have to lead by example). They may have their teens help them drop off toys for the Toys for tots program, drop off food at a local food bank/shelter, or something along those lines. Once they experience the gratitude these organizations offer them as well those directly benefiting from their generosity it will touch them over time. Leaving something on the doorstep for pickup is not the same as having them see the faces of those they helped.
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