The Caring Connection: Teaching Empathy to Children

Teaching empathy and compassion is an ongoing child development process. Find parenting tips and ideas to help nurture empathetic and compassionate children!

Tips for Teaching Empathy to Children

  • Model generosity of spirit. Raising caring and giving children is a process and they learn more from what we do than what we say. When they’re treated with respect and kindness, they learn those characteristics themselves. Try to remember that children have limited life experiences. The occasional unkind remark, spat with a sibling, or full-on meltdown is part of their learning process. View these moments as teaching opportunities and respond with a firm, but loving and kind, response.
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