With all of the bullying behavior occurring with our young people and acts of violence flooding our news stations and our communities, it leaves one to ask, “Where is the empathy these days?” Doesn’t anyone care for others? It’s definitely a question I have been wrestling with too. This is what led me to write my first children’s book to help children build these skills and teach caregivers how to support empathy’s development. The book is still in its final stages (more to come on this).
Empathy building tip of the day: look for opportunities to point out how others’ have separate thoughts, feelings, likes, and dislikes than your child and validate that it is OK. “I know you like blue best. Look at Aaron, he chose green paint. Let’s ask him what his favorite color is.” Even very young children can begin to realize they are separate from others which is the first step!