I want to share another great resource from the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Making Caring Common Project. The title of the article is 5 Tips for Cultivating Empathy.
The dictionary states the definition of empathy as “the ability to understand and share the feelings of another.” It is like the old saying, to understand someone you need to be able to walk in their shoes. What the article points out and helps parents to teach their kids, is that it is not enough to see another person’s perspective. To be empathetic you also must value the other person and their perspective.
The researchers provide 5 ways parents can help cultivate empathy in their children. Number 4, Expand your child’s circle of concern, gives suggestions to help children to understand people who may be facing challenges that maybe very different from their own challenges.
Not to be political, but with everything in that is going on today in regards to immigration, it is important we help our kids to understand that they may meet people who are dealing with things that are very different from what our kids themselves might be experiencing. Hopefully if your children understand this they can be more empathetic to what might be happening around them.
To see all 5 tips, check out 5 Tips for Cultivating Empathy, and start to expand your child’s circle of concern.
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