Cultivating empathy in pre-schoolers

By developing empathy in children we have greater hope of changing the world, and creating more peaceful, caring and civil societies…


The ability to understand how others feel is at the core of our humanity. The absence of empathy underlies war, genocide, neglect, racism, abuse, and marginalization of all kinds. Empathy is part of our emotional intelligence, our social development, our self-concept, and builds on our self-awareness.


The more empathetic we are, the more intelligent, the more open to our own emotions, the more skilled we are in reading the feelings of others. It is both a genetically determined and a learned skill. As with any learned skill it can be trained and requires practice; however, it needs to be natural, spontaneous, and sincere.