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Sun Jul 3, 2022
Empathy is one of the most powerful developmental capacities we have as humans, and that’s why it is a crucial element in child development. Empathy is defined as “the ability to understand or feel what another person feels, think like them, or cares about” (Stanislavsky). Essentially, it means understanding another person through their experiences. This capacity allows us to care about others by imagining what it’s like for them to experience something ourselves.
Empathy plays an important role in children’s development because it allows us to see things from another person’s perspective. This awareness of other people allows us to understand how they might feel and why they might react a certain way in certain situations. The capacity for empathy is essential in helping children grow into happy, well-adjusted adults who can communicate effectively with others and solve problems intelligently and ethically.
Empathy is a process of becoming aware of and understanding another person’s experience as our own. It is a personal, internal capacity that all humans have. This capacity is formed through practice, focused attention, and an internal dialogue that includes both our thoughts and feelings. The result is an ability to “see” another person as a separate, living, thinking, feeling human being.
Teaching kids empathy at an early age helps them develop heir heart centre. With this, they are able to have deeper friendships and good relationships, not just in their childhood, but throughout their lives.
When they are able to see things from other people’s perspectives, they turn out to be kind and loving human beings, who are capable of solving a conflict amicably in an unbiased manner.
Not just this, empathetic kids also develop a helping nature and reach out to those in need. This goes a long way in developing them into people others can rely upon.
All of this results in forming strong connections in their brain, which helps them have a good mental and physical health.
Empathy is a skill that develops over time, perhaps beginning during childhood and lasting into young adulthood. It is not a fixed or innate capacity; it is a developed capacity that results from consistent practice. There are several times when we can and should help a child feel empathy.
Some of these include-
Helping a child feel empathy can be a challenging task. We often need to show empathy not just to understand what someone is feeling, but also to show that we understand what they are experiencing as well.
Empathy is a crucial human capacity that allows us to understand and connect with other human beings. It allows us to care about others by imagining what it’s like for them to experience something ourselves. Empathy can improve a child’s capacity to communicate and solve problems. It can also improve their emotional and relationship skills. Parents, caregivers, and teachers can encourage and learn from the many benefits of empathy. By modelling empathy ourselves, we can raise empathetic kids who are kind and loving. Doesn’t the world need a little bit of that?
Founder- BodhiShishu, Social- Emotional Learning (SEL) Coach for kids.
Passionate about enriching children's lives through meditation.