Active Empathy — The Antidote to Bullying

How would you respond as a parent if you found out your child had purposefully been paired up with another child who was bullying them? Opinions?


This dedicated expert in child development was doing just that. She taught my daughter that instead of reacting in defense, she should pause, think about what might be causing this girl to be angry in the first place, and reach out. She taught my child not just to HAVE empathy, but to ACT on it.

A few years later, we passed this girl coming out of a gymnastics class, and my daughter said, “Remember her? That’s that girl who used to be so mean to me. But she’s really nice now.”