It is a thing that must be trained, this art of being interested in others. It’s amazing what a person can learn about the world by merely asking heartfelt questions of those around them. Our children will normally follow our example and learn how to shift the focus from SELF to a true appreciation and curiosity about:
- other people
- differing viewpoints
- various careers
- how things work
This kind of training helps pull kids outside their egotistical teenage thinking and avoid the younger generation’s preoccupation with themselves and their demands that everyone think like they do or they find offense. They can discover interesting career fields, the other side of the story, and hopefully come to appreciate the many types of folks it takes to make up a world. Kids can be taught to give another person the gift of true listening, understanding, and appreciation
Yet, it is a gift that reaches both ways, teaching and enriching the interested person and blessing the individual who is given the chance to tell their story.
Students who can look outside themselves and carry on intelligent conversations with others gain the respect of wise adults, good friends, and chance encounters. People will think your children are brilliant if they are trained to ask good questions and are keen observers of the world around them. You just never know when an adult might be impressed enough to open doors for job shadows, mentoring, or internships.
Training our kids to be interested basically teaches them to be a good friend, a caring adult, and an attentive spouse.
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