Sparking Empathy in Your Child – Family Matters Webinar
You want to raise a caring child who respects others and grows into a kind adult. But how can you help your child get there? Start by sparking empathy.
What is empathy? Let’s start with the basics. When you think of empathy, think about putting yourself in someone else’s shoes. Empathy means understanding how another person is feeling – from that person’s perspective. Be careful not to confuse it with sympathy – feeling sorry for someone else’s pain or misfortune.
How can you help your child learn? The concept of “putting yourself in someone else’s shoes” can be a hard one to grasp for young children. Instead, urge your child to explore feelings, respect others, and, ultimately, become a socially responsible person by:
- Celebrating diversity and acknowledging that everyone has different perspectives
- Modeling care and empathy so your child gets an idea of how to respond to others in certain situations (Is your child’s friend crying? Offer comfort. Is the dog scared? Offer reassurance.)
- Giving your child the opportunity to build and strengthen friendships
- Helping your child understand how to express his or her feelings and show acts of kindness
- Working with your child to reflect on his or her behavior (Did your child help someone at school? Did he hug someone who was having a bad day? Did he ignore someone who wanted to play with him?)
Now, you might be thinking, “That’s all easier said than done.” But we’re here to help. In our upcoming Family Matters webinar, “Sparking Empathy in Your Child,” guest speaker, Ileen Henderson, M.Ed. national director of the Bright Spaces program, part of the Bright Horizons Foundation for Children, will go into more detail and will give you tips on how to raise an empathetic child.
Join us! Register for our upcoming webinar, “Sparking Empathy in Your Child,” and tune in on Tuesday, October 24, from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. EST.
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