Michele Borba is a globally-recognized educational psychologist and parenting expert whose aim is to strengthen children’s empathy and resilience.
Michele is also an NBC contributor, a regular guest on the Today Show and has appeared on other shows, such as Dateline, Anderson Cooper 360, The Dr. Phil Show, Dr. Oz, The View, NBC Nightly News and The Early Show.
Here is a question about empathy from one of our readers, and Michele’s response:
As parents, how can we help our children be more empathetic in today’s very narcissistic world?
- Praise caring. When your children act kind-hearted, point it out so they will be more likely to repeat it.
- Capture caring moments. Make sure to take photos of your kids engaged in kind and thoughtful activities so they recognize that “caring matters.”
- Make a kindness jar. Each time a parent or child sees another member act in a kind way, they add a small bead or stone to the jar. When the jar is full, you can do something fun together to celebrate!
- Read emotionally-charged books. Find books that help your child step into the character’s shoes, and then ask: “How would you feel if that happened to you?”
- Model caring. If you want your child to be more empathetic, then consciously demonstrate kind behavior. Call a friend who is feeling down or open the door for a stranger—and be sure to tell your child how good it made you feel!
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