How Empathy Benefits Children, But Could Be Bad for Parental Health

We all know the difference between good and bad. Generosity is good, selfishness is bad. Befriending, good; bullying, bad. Quick! Which is better: hitting or hugging? What about empathy? We’re all supposed to be doing empathy, right?

Truth is, life is complicated and a good act can yield mixed results, but most of us do our best every day. Especially parents. While there are plenty of bad parenting habits out there, empathy — the ability to understand and connect with others’ emotional states — isn’t one of them.


by Jesslyn Shields