When we teach our children to empathize, we are inculcating the values of authenticity and acceptance - acceptance of our vulnerability and that of others.
🌿 Offer opportunities to practice empathy through purposeful conversations about events and people, through visuals in newsletters, or characters in story books.
🌿 Sprinkle some fun by having your child guess what you’re trying to express through role-playing.
🌿 If they have siblings, have them think of ways to check in with one another - when my little boy shouts for something, I’ll have my girl go over and attend to him. I observe and wait. There are hits and misses, but it doesn’t matter. Because, the point is to develop emotional sensitivity.
Neuroscience tells us that our brains have an immense potential to learn whatever we will ourselves to. Because, neurons that fire together, wire together. So, practice, practice, practice!
🕊 And you know, the child that can tune in to others’ feelings and perspectives will be an effective communicator; one who is likely to be more connected with the people and the world around her 🌏 .
🌿 What are some ways you nurture this quality in your child?
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