Thursday, September 5, 2013

Teach and Practice Empathy

Emapthy is one of the most useful tools in managing life and yet it is rarely emphasized directly. We all know that kids need to learn to share and understand the feelings of others but how many of us teach it?

Let your child see you practicing empathy by watching you ask and answer those questions that might be part of that decision making process. "How would you feel if you were in that situation?" How do you think that character (on TV or on the street or etc) is feeling about being in this situation.

Yes, the age of the child is a big factor in your approach but even young kids can benefit from your pointing out that you think this character might be feeling this way or that. Even stating how you might feel in a given situation could help illustrate the process for youngsters.

Think about all the ways we adults use empathy at least weekly if not daily. It is important and it deserves to be dealt with directly for the success of our kids.

Live well.