Want to boost your child’s empathy? Read on!
And I mean that literally because neuroscientists report that stories—fiction, in particular—can actually make your brain more empathetic.
Stories are wonderful supplemental tools to use in the home, classroom, and counseling practitioner’s office to foster empathy and perspective. Why? Dr. Zipora Schectman, author of Treating Child and Adolescent Aggression Through Bibliotherapy, says it best: “Through the imaginative process that reading involves, children have the opportunity to do what they often cannot do in real life—become thoroughly involved in the inner lives of others, better understand them, and eventually become more aware of themselves.