Empathy — the ability to understand and share the feelings of another — is something that experts say can be enhanced, learned, and practiced. Could a generation of children raised to be empathic change the world? Imagine… no hunger, homelessness, or war. Imagine schools with no bullying. How do you foster an empathic environment at home? Try these suggestions to encourage empathy in your child:
- Model caring for others
- Model good listening skills
- Challenge prejudices and stereotypes
- Help them learn to recognize, express, and manage their feelings
- Encourage responsibility
- Immerse them in literature and art
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