A Note from the School Counselor

Character Education Newsletter May 2021

empathy

Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s),

This month at Emmons School, we are working on the character trait of Empathy. Empathy is the ability to understand and share the feelings of others. It is the experience of understanding another person’s condition from his/her perspective. You place yourself in his/her shoes and feel what he/she is feeling. Encourage your students to practice empathy so that they begin to think about how others are feeling and consider how their actions may impact others. Being empathetic is important because it is the foundation of loving and healthy relationships. Below are five tips on how to cultivate empathy in your child. 1. Empathize with your child and model empathy for others. 2. Make caring for others a priority and set high ethical expectations. 3. Provide opportunities for children to practice empathy. 4. Expand your child’s circle of concern. 5. Help children develop self-control and manage feelings effectively. Source: https://mcc.gse.harvard.edu/resources-for-families/5-tips-cultivating-empathy

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