The Importance of Teaching Children Empathy

Children are born with the aptitude for empathy, but it needs to be taught and encouraged throughout their childhood. Research shows there is a clear correlation between the ability to empathize and future fulfillment and success. Making (and keeping) worthy friends, succeeding in school, attaining a gratifying career, maintaining a healthy marriage, all of these things rely on one critical skill: EMPATHY. 

So how can we teach and nurture this key ability?

Here are three simple guidelines.
1. Make your parental expectations clear.
2. Identify Feelings
3. Be a Role Model

by Chantal D. Hayes