Your child can show empathy by:

  • helping, and understanding how others in the family feel
  • using words to describe how others may be feeling
  • understanding, sensing, and sharing in the feelings and emotions of others
  • showing love, sympathy, compassion, and encouragement
  • speaking from ā€œIā€ and owning his or her emotions

Encouraging empathy in your child:

  • Encourage discussion, and expose your child to the language of emotions. Talk with your child about the importance of showing empathy through helping others.
  • Share your own feelings with your child, providing him or her with the opportunity to be empathetic.
  • Allow your child to express his or her feelings, regardless of whether they are positive or negative.

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