Encouraging Empathy Through Play

By David Reeves

While babies aren’t born with empathy, the good news is that children are able to develop the abilities of understanding and caring about others’ feelings as they grow older.

What they need is a little encouragement and help along the way. With that in mind, here are some specific ways to teach children empathy as they play, from role-playing to freestyle playing.

Role-Play Different Scenarios: Sometimes the best way to imagine what it’s like in another person’s shoes is to try them on…