Teaching empathy can help reduce violence

Feigenberg suggests parents who want to give their children an education in empathy not only ask “how was your day?” but also how they helped someone, how someone helped them, if there was a time when they were unsure about the right thing to do, and then talk about the responses.

The “Making Caring Common” researchers have other suggestions on how parents can set the stage for teaching kids kindness: develop loving relationships with their children; be strong moral role models; make caring for others a priority; set high ethical expectations; let children practice caring and gratitude; and help children develop self-control and manage feelings effectively.

Glenn Augustine