Children as young as 18 months can display empathy. So just a little guidance in the right direction can go a long way in raising your child to be sensitive to those around them.
Why is it good to know more than one language?
Apart from the obvious reason of being able to converse in more than one language, communicate in them, being multi lingual has many other advantages.
It improves brain function - The way our brains process information changes when we know more than one language. Learning languages actually stimulates our brain cells and connections, making the brain more robust and strong.
Adults can learn langauges to keep their brain function better and stave off issues like Alzheimer's disease.
It makes travelling more fun and exciting - Yes, knowing a local language is a great advantage when travelling.
It opens up the world for work and leisure. - Imagine all the books you can read, the jobs that you can apply for in different countries or just commmunicate with more people - when you know more languages.
What do family meals mean to the family?
They help build relationships. When you eat together you see one another over a comforting plate of food and bond with one another day after day. You talk, laugh or even argue, get to know one another and observe how the other behaves, building a relationship as you go.
Inculcate better manners and politeness. When you eat together, you learn how to behave at the table. You listen politely, eat properly, answer questions and learn by observation.