What Happened to You?

How do we help children become moral people when they live in morally impoverished situations?

 

In this chapter we will guide you away from asking a child, “What is wrong with you?” and instead ask “What happened to you?” You will learn to develop an ability to see through the eyes of children whose behaviors such as bullying, lying, cheating, and stealing may be an adaptive response to a child’s abnormal experience.

 

Through this compassionate lens we will discuss practical steps to change a child’s worldview that will help them adjust their moral beliefs, how they see themselves in the world, and foster resilience, empathy, and compassion.