A study conducted by Harvard psychologist Richard Weissbourd found that 80 percent of youths said their parents were more concerned about their achievements than whether they care for others. Weissbourd says children can and must be taught to be caring. He’s developed a five-point process for parents to teach and model caring for their children. Learning to care for others is like learning a sport: repetition helps. He recommends a daily ritual at bedtime, dinner, or while driving that expresses thanks for people who contribute positively in our lives. It’s also important to find ways of widening the circle of care to include people of other cultures and communities (Washington Post, July 18).