How to teach a child empathy. (And how not to)

Empathy is the foundation of respect. But what underlies respect? How do we teach it to our children?

To respect another, whether they are a spouse/partner, child, or a neighbour, another skill is required as our foundation — empathy.

Empathy means we see how life is for others. We see the world through their eyes. We stand in their shoes. We remove ourselves from the centre of the universe and place them there for a moment instead. The understanding and compassion that comes from empathy changes relationships and lives. And it is the silver bullet for our domestic violence woes.

First, we can model it….

Second, we can encourage them to practice perspective taking….

Third, we can help guide them to consider the world as it is for others….

Dr Justin Coulson