It can be difficult to help children learn empathy. It is not something they will pick up on without any guidance–especially in the self-focused society we live in.
The following exercises are not only fun, but also effective in helping children become more empathetic.
Go to a public location where you can sit and watch other people coming and going–somewhere like the airport, a mall, a park, a fair, a sporting event, etc.
Find a place to sit that is in an area of moderately heavy traffic. You want it to be busy but not crowded. Then start asking your child questions:
- What do you notice about these people?
- Where do you think they are going?
- Can you pick out a particular person?
- Tell me about them: Who are they with? Why are they here?