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7 Questions To Ask Kids To Encourage Empathy

7 Questions To Ask Kids To Encourage Empathy | Empathy in Early Childhood | Scoop.it

These smart ideas for encouraging children to be more empathetic are from Start Empathy, a new education initiative created by the nonprofit Ashoka. The goal is to get kids and adults thinking about the topic—key for raising kids who understand others’ feelings and perspectives, and key for raising kids who care. These seven questions will help get even the most me-centric kid (and what kid isn’t?!) thinking about other people.

 

How does that make you feel?...

 

Do you know at times I’ve also felt scared?...

 

How would that make your [brother/sister/friend] feel?...

 

What do you think [a particular character] felt?...

 

Why do you thinkhe/she made those choices?...

 

What emotion is that?...

 

If you had superpowers, how would you use them to help...

 

What were you like when you were nine years old?...

 

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Renee Baribeau's curator insight, March 5, 2013 11:18 AM

Great suggestions for asking children questions that make them learn about their own feelings.

Tess Sorensen's comment, April 6, 2013 6:39 PM
Easy to remember and simple questions for assisting children in recognizing and using empathy.
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The No. 1 Enemy of Creativity: Fear of Failure

The No. 1 Enemy of Creativity: Fear of Failure | Empathy in Early Childhood | Scoop.it
To innovate, stop worrying about "failure" and start thinking of "learning."

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"I've since learned that anyone who has a sense of humor is creative."  This is an important thing to remember.  Perhaps the idea of creativity seems so above, so lofty and special, that there are times when it is hard to recognize the creativity within oneself.  Especially after years and years of creativity being not encouraged and even squashed through formal education that looks more to recitation of material than actual learning.


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IncitED's curator insight, July 12, 2013 9:38 PM

Yes. This is powerful. I find many students are afraid of being wrong or of failing; too much energy is spent on this anxiety. . . . 

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Child care - Terrace Standard

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We want to ensure that their early mobility experiences are not overwhelmed by fears of being hurt; we want children to, above all, experience the joy of independence.
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Tess Sorensen's comment, April 30, 2013 5:44 PM
What would it (could it) look like in the US if a real, comprehensive, and funded early childhood education plan was adopted?
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Youth Leadership and Participation - Huffington Post UK

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We must start early teaching children positively about the value of diversity, about injustice and our shared experience of humanity. Recent parliamentary and public debates will have taught ...
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How to Develop Empathy in Children through Human-Animal Relationship

How to Develop Empathy in Children through Human-Animal Relationship | Empathy in Early Childhood | Scoop.it

Empathy is the ability to understand and share the feelings of another. It is an element of emotional intelligence and is related to success in many areas of development – personal, social and academic. Empathy is a human trait that many people have a “low reserve” thus all the problems we have in the world today.

 

Empathy skills can also be cultivated and developed. Parents can help children develop empathy by using the human-animal relationship. Children naturally love and are fascinated by animals. Parents can take advantage of that by fostering animal care, thereby inspiring the child’s intelligence and imagination to be empathetic and extend care in another person. Learning how to respond empathetically is also the best antidote to violence, bullying, and other unwanted aggressive behavior.

 

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Teaching Empathy

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Just before the holidays I finished the illustrations for a children's book about empathy.  Even while the project was in process, I found the book to be a great teaching tool with the boys.  Who couldn't use some help in the area of putting yourself in someone else's shoes?

 

 

"When Emily asks her big sister what the word empathy means, Emily has no idea that knowing the answer will change how she looks at people. But does it really matter to others if Emily notices how theyre feeling? Standing in My Shoes shows kids how easy it is to develop empathy toward those around them.

Empathy is the ability to notice what other people feel. Empathy leads to the social skills and personal relationships which make our lives rich and beautiful, and it is something we can help our children learn. This book teaches young children the value of noticing how other people feel. Were hoping that many parents read it along with their children."


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Zophya Labrador's curator insight, February 15, 2013 10:17 AM

Interesting exercise; as my Scoop.it! topic' subtitle says: Try Walking A Mile In My Shoes...dear world, wake up and walk in as many shoes as you can.

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7 Questions To Ask Kids To Encourage Empathy

7 Questions To Ask Kids To Encourage Empathy | Empathy in Early Childhood | Scoop.it

These smart ideas for encouraging children to be more empathetic are from Start Empathy, a new education initiative created by the nonprofit Ashoka. The goal is to get kids and adults thinking about the topic—key for raising kids who understand others’ feelings and perspectives, and key for raising kids who care. These seven questions will help get even the most me-centric kid (and what kid isn’t?!) thinking about other people.

 

How does that make you feel?...

 

Do you know at times I’ve also felt scared?...

 

How would that make your [brother/sister/friend] feel?...

 

What do you think [a particular character] felt?...

 

Why do you thinkhe/she made those choices?...

 

What emotion is that?...

 

If you had superpowers, how would you use them to help...

 

What were you like when you were nine years old?...

 

by Ellen Seidman


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Renee Baribeau's curator insight, March 5, 2013 11:18 AM

Great suggestions for asking children questions that make them learn about their own feelings.

Tess Sorensen's comment, April 6, 2013 6:39 PM
Easy to remember and simple questions for assisting children in recognizing and using empathy.
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Challenge 1: Deep Listening -- Empathy in Action

Connect more deeply by listening more responsively, negotiate more effectively. Suggestions, examples, exercises, stories, skills, links to articles, books.

 

SUMMARY (repeated from Introduction) Listen first and acknowledge what you hear, even if you don’t agree with it, before expressing your experience or point of view . In order to get more of your conversation partner’s attention in tense situations, pay attention first: listen and give a brief restatement of what you have heard (especially feelings) before you express your own needs or position. The kind of listening recommended here separates acknowledgingfrom approving or agreeing . Acknowledging another person’s thoughts and feelings does not have to mean that you approve of or agree with that person’s actions or way of experiencing, or that you will do whatever someone asks.

 

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Why empathy matters: Emily Bazelon offers tips for parents and educators

Why empathy matters: Emily Bazelon offers tips for parents and educators | Empathy in Early Childhood | Scoop.it

Bullying in schools and online is a complex issue with many facets and even more potential solutions. But, all things told, there’s really one idea that parents and educators can focus on when talking to kids about how to end it: Empathy. 

 

Empathetic, confident kids are not only less likely to bully others, they’re also less likely to stand by and watch as other kids are subjected to bullying. And even if they don’t intervene at the time when the bullying occurs, empathetic children make better allies to others, which can dramatically improve the culture of the schoolyard or the chat room. 

 

Emily Bazelon

 


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Workshop: Cultivating Empathy in Children

Workshop: Cultivating Empathy in Children | Empathy in Early Childhood | Scoop.it

We all want the children we care for to be empathetic but as teachers and families, can we in some way make them be empathetic? This workshop discusses the value of empathy and how to cultivate the conditions to help empathy grow in our homes and classrooms.

 

Please join us for this workshop on April 23 at 6:30 p.m. at the witf Public Media Center at 4801 Lindle Road, Harrisburg, PA 17111. This event is open to teachers and families. It is free for families that do not need teaching certificate/credit hours. The registration fee for teachers is $10.


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The Silent Messages We Send to Children

The Silent Messages We Send to Children | Empathy in Early Childhood | Scoop.it
Being who you dream your children will become.

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Introducing a New Way to Teach Kids About Valuing Differences - Wall Street Journal

Introducing a New Way to Teach Kids About Valuing Differences - Wall Street Journal | Empathy in Early Childhood | Scoop.it
Introducing a New Way to Teach Kids About Valuing Differences Wall Street Journal "We're moms and dads who are trying to raise good little people," says Jill Robertson, co-founder, Wee Society, who also consulted with early childhood education...
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Teaching your child to be compassionate

Teaching your child to be compassionate | Empathy in Early Childhood | Scoop.it

As society becomes increasingly competitive, there is a danger that we are all losing that essential quality that makes us human; compassion. In order to ensure that we do not become robots devoid of emotion, it is important to raise compassionate children...

 

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Monkey see, monkey do. Children learn what they live. Do to others what you want them to do to you. I could go on and on with similar phrases and they would all be true. If you want your child to be compassionate and humble, you have to be that way yourself. These qualities need to be a part of who you are, though, not just what you do when it’s convenient or out of obligation. It needs to come from the heart.

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Empathy at Home

Empathy at Home | Empathy in Early Childhood | Scoop.it

Five tips for how parents can start fun conversations at home about empathy.

 

As parents, helping our children develop empathy is one of the most important lessons we can teach them. Since kids learn by doing, I recommend these five fun and engaging activities to teach our children lessons about empathy in a way that will make a positive impression and stay with them as they grow up:

 

1. One way to do this is through an exercise called “Walk in My Shoes.”


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Service: A powerful tool for cultivating empathy

Service: A powerful tool for cultivating empathy | Empathy in Early Childhood | Scoop.it

Georgetown Day School shares a snapshot of service activities that help students become changemakers.

 

In order for students to grow as empathic leaders, capable of working in teams to solve problems, they must have opportunities to learn about social issues, practice empathy, and take constructive action. Service provides a powerful vehicle for learning changemaker skills, and at Georgetown Day School, service is an integral part of the student experience from start to finish.


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How to Help Your Child be Empathetic

How to Help Your Child be Empathetic | Empathy in Early Childhood | Scoop.it

Few emotions in life are more difficult to teach a child than empathy.  It is a confusing, complicated and mature emotion that even most adults have yet to master.  However, teaching a child empathy can have lasting effects on her as she grows up.  Empathy is a valuable tool to possess and can help a child cooperate with others in school and in life.  It can help her grow to be a compassionate and kind person.

 

Show empathy to your child and others.  This is always the first step you should take when teaching your child anything.  She cannot learn empathy unless someone first works to understand her point of view. 

 

By Marcia Hall


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Interview about Empathy and Child Development with Dr. Bruce Perry

Interview about Empathy and Child Development 
Bruce Perry co-author BORN FOR LOVE:Why Empathy Is Essential and Endangered" 


"One of the most important aspects of being a human being, is being able to be in a relationship. Being able to successfully form and maintain a relationship. And at the heart of that capability is the capacity to put yourself in somebody else's shoes, to see the world how they see it. That capacity is empathy"

Dr. Perry is the Senior Fellow of The ChildTrauma Academy, a not-for-profit organization based in Houston, TX 

http://ChildTrauma.org/


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13 Tips for Raising Compassionate Children at Babble

13 Tips for Raising Compassionate Children at Babble | Empathy in Early Childhood | Scoop.it
You may think it's something we just know, but kids learn compassion and if you want to raise a kind, caring person, here are a few tips:

 

Show Compassion to Your ChildExplore FeelingsRead Books on Bullying

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Evolution of Compassion

Evolution of Compassion | Empathy in Early Childhood | Scoop.it

Compassion like love has a spectrum and has a number of stages and levels. The general term learned in society about compassion is somehow different from a more expanded version of it. And also it differs from society to society and the modernity of it.

 

In general, compassion is viewed as a deep awareness of the suffering of another coupled with the desire to alleviate the pain. Here, compassion is a form of emotion, a feeling that is acting and flowing. 

 

Roya R. Rad, MA, PsyD


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