Empathy is an important skill for getting along with others and living a successful life. Here are some tips on teaching children how to develop empathy.
What Is Empathy?
A 4-year-old girl playing on her preschool playground fell, skinned her knee and began crying. Another little girl rushed up to her, smiled and offered the injured girl her favorite doll. This scene is a good example of a child showing empathy. Some people, like this little girl, seem to be born empathetic. Others aren’t. The good news is empathy is a skill which can be learned. The key is teaching this skill to children at a young age so they will develop into sensitive, caring adults.