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How do you cultivate empathy in children? It begins by empathizing with your them and with others. Children learn by watching, and they'll notice how their parents treat people. Actively work to develop empathy within your child. This doesn't happen automatically, it requires effort. Furthermore, expect your child to help out around the house and to consider your feelings and needs. Also, make an effort to extend your child's empathy beyond just friends and family. Finally, talk about stereotypes and prejudice, and about anger and stress, as a way to keep empathy free.

Key Takeaways:

  • Empathy is at the heart of what it means to be human. It’s a foundation for good relationships and professional success.

  • At its core, empathy is also about valuing other perspectives and people. It’s about perspective-taking and genuine concern for others.

  • Expect your child to consider others, both people they know and people in the world who are suffering or risking their lives.

"Empathy is what binds us as communities and as a society, and it’s saving hundreds of thousands of lives as we battle the novel coronavirus."

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/on-parenting/5-ways-to-teach-our-children-empathy-in-these-challenging-times/2020/05/04/a5670cda-895a-11ea-ac8a-fe9b8088e101_story.html

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