Empathy is one of the most important traits that all children (and adults) should have. It is a huge factor in how children build relationships. Children who are empathetic can get along better with their peers and treat the children and adults in their environment with respect.
One of my favorite aspects of empathy is that it breeds strong leaders in the preschool classroom. The best way to teach empathy to a child is to role model it for them, to read about it, and to talk about and accept emotions as they come up.
The next time your child cries, let her know that you see that she is very sad. Sometimes it’s scary when she falls, or it is hard when mommy says “not now.”
Children who have had their feelings validated all throughout their lives always stand out as they continually form positive and healthy friendships.
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