Tag: Empathy

Weeding, Seeding, Reading and Healing

A Mother and Son’s Summertime Book Experience

Understanding the Social and Emotional Development of Tween-Agers

A Deeper Understanding of this Unique Time Can Help Us as Caregivers Support Our Growing Kids

Halloween’s Contribution to 2020

Building Empathy and Perspective-taking Skills (One Week Prior to U.S. Elections in a Highly Divided Nation) May Just Be the Vaccination for Our Spirits Though the pirate, princess, and fireman may or may not be going out trick or treating this year due to the phantom pandemic, it’s likely your kids are dressing up and …

Check Out New Parent-KId Activities From Making Caring Common

Many parents and caregivers are spending more time with their kids these days. Wouldn’t it be nice to try a new family activity and receive a gift card while you’re at it?  Our friends at Harvard’s Making Caring Common are here for you! They are looking for parents and caregivers of kids ages 4-10 to join their parenting …

Promoting Empathy and Kindness through Books on Animals and More…

One Mom and Educator’s Methods for Promoting Her Own Son’s Social and Emotional Development As a parent and an educator, I believe strongly in the power of social and emotional learning (SEL), and in the power I have as a parent to help my child develop into a healthy and kind person. There are several …

“I’m a Different Butterfly” – Expanding Empathy and Social Awareness through Summer Reading

There’s a new children’s book that explores what questions arise in an individual about their own self-perception and how others react when one looks different than others. I’m a Different Butterfly was written for ages 4-8 and is the story of Lulu Noire, a black butterfly who feels unsure at first about looking different from …

Ten Positive Ways to Deal with Whining

“Mooooommmmm, I don’t want to go to the sitter’s,” seven-year-old Elaina says in a high-pitched, sing-song (as in a fingernails-on-a-chalkboard, not melodic) way. The powerful whine is wielded to get her Mom’s attention. And it works every time. How can you not hear, turn toward, and grimace at that tone? In fact, research confirms what …

Helping Our Children Deal with their Fears

It’s flu shot day. I have a feeling that today will go smoothly. But two years ago, it didn’t. And I notice a sense of dread creep up on me like a zombie in a haunted mansion. A few years back, E asked about whether shots would be involved with his upcoming doctor’s appointment well …

The Magic and Mishaps of Tweens: Understanding the Era of Social Awareness and Social Anxiety

“I had a dream that I told the girl I have a crush on that I liked her and seconds later, I watched as the whole world exploded,” my ten-almost-eleven-year-old told me as he was getting ready for bed last night. This morning, I noticed him spending time fixing his hair in the mirror, an …

Viewing Parenting as Servant Leadership

“It is high time the ideal of success should be replaced by the ideal of service.” – Albert Einstein Parents, by the very nature of our roles, serve in a leadership position while we raise our children. A servant leader realizes that his or her ability to significantly influence others and achieve any vision comes …

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