Five Ways to Teach Your Child Empathy
What is empathy and why is it important to cultivate it in our children? Empathy is being able to recognize and understand another person’s feelings and experiences. Being empathetic is important because it’s a cornerstone in loving, healthy relationships and in being compassionate. It’s key to understanding the dynamics of all kinds of relationships and to not being self-centered. It’s a foundation for building self-worth and emotional intimacy with others. People have varying degrees of natural empathy, but there are essential ways you can teach it to your kids.
Teach these five simple principles to your kids as often as you can! For amazing discussions and activities (Including a great lesson on Empathy!) that help connect you to your kids, check out 30 Days to a Stronger Child. The book includes great questions, lessons and challenges to help your kids learn to fill their emotional, intellectual, social, physical and spiritual “accounts.” Some of the topics include: respect, accountability, positive self-talk, addiction, gratitude, critical thinking, and many more–30 lessons in all.