I teach kids that we make our best choices when we understand where the other kid is coming from. Most parents hope their children develop this level of empathy and use it as a guide. But hope isn’t a parenting strategy. In my book, Teaching Kids to Be Good People, I help parents teach kids to develop empathy and respect for themselves and others.
Effective communication is key to empathy training.
These tips can improve communication in your family so your child becomes a more effective communicator and a better friend:
1. Give kids time to decompress. When kids come home talk will flow more naturally after the shoes come off, food’s dished out, and everyone has had time to relax.