Wednesday, June 24, 2009

I didn't forget about my topic of Moral Intelligence. However, with the variety of other topics that I am writing about, it looks like the whole month of June will be empathy month :) I am returning today to Building Moral Intelligence book and covering three steps to building empathy. Here is an excerpt from the book:
Because the foundation for empathy is understanding of emotions, the first teaching step helps your child develop an awareness of emotions and develop a feeling vocabulary. He'll need this skill to successfully identify a wide variety of emotions, so he can tune in to the feelings of others.
The second step provides way to enhance your child's sensitivity to other people's feelings so that he'll become more aware of their needs and concerns.
The last step helps expands your child's awareness of perspectives other than his own. Only then will he really be able to step into other people's shoes and feel with them. These three steps increase empathic capabilities that your child will need to face a world that too often stresses apathy, coldness, cruelty and self-centeredness.

Steps 2 and 3 are for older kids, but it's never too early to talk to your children about their own feelings and help them make sense of them. My next post in the Empathy series will be about this. Stay tuned.

2 comments:

Crystal said...

The songs we used were Star Spangled Banner, My country tis of thee, and Proud to be an American. We listened to the last on You Tube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RINqibpWOzQ) I liked this link the best but make sure it is something you and your daughter would like. It shows a lot of flags-that is what I was looking for. The other two songs I didn't really like any of the videos. I am not sure about fireworks. I was going to do this craft-http://www.busybeekidscrafts.com/Q-Tip-Fireworks.html/ just to get Aubrey excited about it. I'll let you know if I find anything.

Mama King said...

I want to read this and Raising an Optimistic Child. Of course my library doesn't have either. I'll have to pick them up at the bookstore. Do you recommend reading one first?

Thought your comment about the poop chart was priceless!