Emphasizing Empathy

“Working with a child’s temperament, taking advantage of an emerging sense of self and increasing cognitive understanding of the world and helped by the reward centers of the brain, parents can try to foster that warm glow and the worldview that goes with it. Empathy, sympathy, compassion, kindness and charity begin at home, and very early.”

When I was doing my masters in Special Education almost ten years ago, we were told that the lack of empathy among children and in schools was reaching epidemic proportions. This is leading to very serious issues in bullying, isolation and alienation of students in schools and later on in life. Here are some articles that highlight ways to understand empathy and to increase it in your children. How are ways you encourage empathy in your children and students?

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~ by Omaira on December 20, 2012.

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