Teaching Empathy to Young Children | L.A. Parent

Follow these three steps, and you’ll help your child learn to understand and share experiences and emotions.


Model empathy. Children learn by watching their parents, caregivers and teachers. To teach empathy, model empathy. One way is by narrating situations. Perhaps Shane sees his friend Kiana crying because she has fallen at the park. Consider saying, “It looks like Kiana hurt her knee. Let’s see if she wants a band-aid.” When a child hears an adult’s concern for another’s experience, he begins to develop his own mental map of empathy.


Label the emotion. …