Teaching empathy to children

Working with kids to define empathy, a word that’s missing from Nova Scotia’s education curriculum…

And this is where teaching empathy gets more complicated than teaching a subject with standard right or wrong answers.

The key, explains Ryan, is for people to take time to understand what the best response might be. This means taking into account your own capabilities, but also, since we’re talking about empathy, after all, considering it from the perspective of the person you’re trying to help.

A child who understands that his mother is very tired because she’s been working hard might respond by being extra quiet on a Saturday morning so she can sleep in, or the child might respond by offering to do more chores to make her life easier. (Where can I get one of these kids?)


CHARMAINE DYMOND