Teaching Kids About Empathy

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What is empathy? To put it succinctly, it's the ability to understand and care about how other people feel. It is important to teach children about empathy. Children that develop the ability to care about others become adults who can understand the actions and emotions of those around them. If a child does not learn empathy from their family and peers, it can lead to anti-social behavior later on for that individual. Being able to pay attention and respond to the emotions of others in a socially recognizable way helps us to work out our differences more productively. Empathy can make not only a difference in your child's life, but in those around them as well. No Time for Flashcards put out an excellent article with tips for teaching kids empathy.