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Every generation complains that their youngers are less empathetic and well-mannered.

People are less likely to ask whether that starts with the parents.

A 2014 study released by a Harvard psychologist and the Making Caring Common project found that 80 per cent of young people said their parents were more concerned with their achievement or happiness than their disposition to others.

Richard Weissbourd, the psychologist in question, and his colleagues have come up with a few recommendations about how to raise children to be more caring and responsible.

He wrote:

Children are not born simply good or bad and we should never give up on them.

They need adults who will help them become caring, respectful, and responsible for their communities at every stage of their childhood.

Here are the five strategies he recommends to parents:

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