Even very young children can learn empathy, and their lives, and the lives of their families and peers, will be better for it. In “The importance of teaching empathy to preschoolers, why all parents and teachers should do it”, Alexa Erickson cites studies and examples.

“The sooner we understand what empathy means, and the importance of it, the sooner we can live a more peaceful existence. Various studies even reinforce that the more empathy a child displays, the less likely they are to bully someone else. They are also more likely to share with and help others, and less likely to be antisocial or exhibit uncontrolled aggressive behaviours. This is why educators are devoting more attention to empathy in recent years.”….

Read the full article, and don’t miss the animated video at the end, where “Dr Brené Brown reminds us that we can only create a genuine empathic connection if we are brave enough to really get in touch with our own fragilities.”