How do we encourage empathy in kids?
Empathy is at the heart of what it means to be human. It’s a foundation for acting ethically, for good relationships of many kinds, for loving well, and for professional success. And it’s key to preventing bullying and many other forms of cruelty.
How can parents cultivate empathy?
1) Talk about empathy - Use kids friendly words when teaching our children about empathy.
The most important aspect of empathy for young children to understand is that showing up with a hug, a kind word, or a chocolate milk is enough.
2) Be role-modal. Empathize with your child and model empathy for others.
Children learn empathy both from watching us and from experiencing our empathy for them. We as adults should model give hugs, write notes, bring a meal or gift, be with the person.
3) Read stories about empathy and feelings
We can help young children understand empathy through stories telling and discuss / ask question about feeling.
4) Provide opportunities for children to practice empathy.
Practise makes perfect. Learning empathy is just like learning language or sport. It requires practice and guidance. Learning through trial and error, helps children get better at tuning into others’ feelings and perspectives.
By Casa Bambini Early Childcare Centre
Childcare Centre for 2months to 4 years old