Here are some helpful ideas around building empathy in your child or teen.
So often, we have a difficult time labeling our feelings and emotions. Building tools and vocabulary around emotional vocabulary is a great first step towards building empathy. A good reminder for all of us is acknowledging differences. Those who are able to accept their peers unique differences are generally stronger in empathic concern. Some other ways to show empathy include taking an interest in how others are feeling in their days, focusing on kind words and actions. The Golden Rule is a good reminder to live by. “Point out that this rule could also be phrased as “Don’t do to others what you wouldn’t want them to do to you.”