By expressing gratitude more often and sharing personal experiences with your children, you help them to develop empathy. It will help them survive even the worst of their lives. So, here’s how to do it in 8 simple ways.
8 Ways To Have Empathetic Children
One way to solve issues that trouble your children is to solve it for them and another is to encourage to have a solution on their own. While the former way leads to form a dependency on you, the latter helps in making your children more determined to come up with solutions on their own. Because you guide them in doing so, they’ll become more empathetic.
Explain the Why Behind the What
Children often aren’t able to understand others actions. Helping them understanding other people will aid them to become more understanding and empathetic.
Gratitude and Empathy go side by side. Therefore, teaching your children gratitude helps them to learn about being empathetic. Express gratitude often while you’re with them and teach them to say thanks whenever possible.
Many times children are going through things/feelings that they can sort themselves but want someone to share with. Therefore, listen to them and give them a little push if you think they’re stuck.
Relate Their Feelings
Children go through a lot of feelings that are new to them. They don’t know about them much yet so you can relate their feelings to let them better understand their own emotions. Seeing you helping them understand their own emotions will help them build empathetic qualities.
Share Your Experiences
Show Your Vulnerabilities
Seeing you share your vulnerabilities with them in a polite way, helps your children develop a sense of stability as well as empathy. Sharing is caring, therefore, share your vulnerabilities with children to aid them in understanding you better and thus learn the noble quality of empathy. The simple way of doing so is to say sorry when you make a mistake in front of them.
Emotions like anger, sadness, and disappointment are common in kids. Many times we have to say no to what they wish to do or want. Instead of ignoring them afterward, try to empathize with them and listen to Tell them the reason for refusal in a polite way.
Empathy is a noble quality that helps in making life better. So, it’s best to seed this quality in your children during childhood.