Learning About Fairness with the Positivity Project
If you have a little one focused on respect, empathy, and ensuring people are treated the way they deserve, you have a child with strength in fairness. According to the Positivity Project, fairness means that you “believe that all people have value. You approach situations with an unbiased mindset and treat everyone with respect.” This character trait is developed when individuals determine what they believe is right and wrong.
What is Fairness?
The Positivity Project shares two methods to analyze an individual’s moral reasoning: the justice reasoning approach and the care reasoning approach.
Justice reasoning uses reason and logic. “Fairness is determined by objectively weighing what is right or wrong, as determined by a group, society or universal ethical principles.”
Care reasoning uses care and compassion. Fairness is determined through “concepts like empathy – and understanding and accounting for the needs, interests, and well-being of another person – when making moral decisions.”
Regarding fairness, most people use a mix of both methods to determine their moral reasoning.
It is important to grow the character trait of fairness in your children since it helps individuals grow to become moral and kind individuals. Not only does this characteristic benefit them, but it benefits the friendships and relationships around them. A fair person can help solve issues, mediate interpersonal and group problems, and help make the world a better place.
Albert Einstein once said, “I speak to everyone in the same way, whether he is the garbage man or the president of the university.” It is important to teach your kids to value fairness and treat people how they would want to be treated. When your child is fair, they are also respectful, empathetic, and just.
Encourage your child to cultivate this character strength by putting themselves in their friends, neighbors, and family members’ shoes and asking how they can continually show respect to everyone around them.
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