Is your child unresponsive and irresponsible? How do you avoid power struggles while teaching character? Do your children behave differently at home than they do at school? At home they whine, complain, procrastinate and look to you to solve their problems? Parents commonly respond to a child's negative behaviors and mistakes by ranting, lecturing and rescuing, all recipes for cultivating more negative behaviors such as, irresponsibility, belligerence and defiance.
These same parents express bewilderment when the report from their child's teacher is quite the opposite. Why are parents' experiences so different from teachers'? The answer may surprise you. It can be found in the powerful relational tools of empathy, experience, encouragement, expectations, and example to instill positive behaviors. And, the good news is you can learn these tools, too. This article will focus on the first of these relational tools, empathy