Sharing Your Empathy with Your Child (1-6-14)

Today’s Parenting Tip:

DECIDE:  To help your child develop empathy

PRACTICE: Think about a time when something you did or failed to do hurt another person, and you did something afterwards to make that person feel better.

Tell your child a story about that memory. Make sure the story includes how it felt to hurt that person, what you did to make it up to that person and what it felt like to make that person feel better.

Tell your child that making it up to the person was important (even if what happened was an accident and wasn’t done on purpose). It still hurt the other person.

Tell her that when you do something that hurts someone else, you are still a good person. You show that when you try to make the person you hurt feel better.

Today’s Decide and Practice daily parenting tip was inspired by our featured picture book, WILLOW FINDS A WAY.  Read the book to a child in your life each day as a reminder of what you are deciding and practicing that day.

Come back each day for another good parenting decision and how to practice it. (Each day’s activity will also be posted on Daily Parenting Tips page for easy access.)

Read the whole story at BULLYING.

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