Guardians often insist that young generation say “I’m sorry” as a way for them to take responsibility for their actions. But many kids do not even understand what these words mean. While it may feel “right” for them to say “I’m sorry”, it doesn’t necessarily help them learn empathy. A more beautiful and meaningful approach can be to help children focus on the other person’s feelings: “Olivia, look at Angelina—she’s very sad. Look how she’s crying. She’s rubbing her arm where you pushed her. Let’s see if she is okay.” This helps children make the connection between the action and the reaction
Developing empathy takes time and will continue to develop across your child’s life. This book “Feeling and Caring for SMART Kids” very lightly touches upon fundamental emotions which every child in its growing stage goes through but ignores when another child feels the same. It’s a very detailed and colorful one and intends to address empathy in children before they turn bitter.