Can you teach kids to be more caring and empathic?
There’s probably not a better trait that makes the world a better place than empathy. When we feel for others, we want the best for them. Kids who are empathic reach out and help others, are unlikely to bully or even be a by-stander in bully situations. In other words they care. Jacob Azzerod, author of From Difficult to Delightful in 30 Days offers a few tips on how to encourage empathy in kids.
“You need to teach children to be empathetic toward other people, toward other people with whom they come in contact. You’re not going to teach children to be empathetic by telling them to be empathetic or even by being empathetic yourself. I think the best way to teach is by rewarding behaviour that does in fact indicate empathy. Rewarding behaviours that do in fact indicate handling disappointment calmly, rewarding behaviours that fact indicate self-control or caring of one kind or another. ”