The importance of teaching children empathy: (helps build and maintain relationships, building block for conscience)

You may not realize it, but empathy is one of the most important skills that we can teach children. Unlike most skills that we teach our children, empathy is an often misunderstood word…

So why is this skill so important to teach to our children?

Because having empathy not only helps build and maintain relationships, but according to experts who study emotional intelligence, empathy is also the building block for our conscience. Basically, they are saying that people that lack empathy lack the ability to see things from someone else’s perspective and thereby leads to lack of conscience. Having a lack of conscience is often the trait that history has shown leads to men committing horrible acts against other, including slavery, genocide, rape and murder.

by Crystal Schwalger