Teaching Our Kids #Empathy at #DadChat

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What is empathyTeaching our kids empathy is this Thursday’s #DadChat topic on June 27 from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. PT/9:00 – 10:00 p.m. ET. EVERY parent knows that our kids tend to see the world through one view – their own. Then they become teenagers and ONLY see it ALL from a self-centered POV. How do we parents teach them to care about others, the world at large, and away from their own immediate needs and wants? That is what we’ll discuss with co-host Marie Roker-Jones this week.

Marie Roker-Jones for Empathy

Marie Roker-Jones

With more than 15 years experience of providing training and development services in health and education, Marie Roker-Jones is a  graduate of Fordham University, a Certified Breakthrough Parenting® Instructor and Intrinsic Coach® in Health and Wellness. . She is the Founder of Raising Great Men™-Real talk about raising boys to become men of character and Empathy not Apathy™-a movement to address boys’ desensitization to violence. Sign up for Marie’s newsletter! Also, “like” the Raising Great Men Facebook Page.

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  • Deborah Hartmann Preuss


    I just stumbled across this in my Twitter timeline. Which is interesting, because I had an intense conversation with a colleague today about empathy.

    I was schooled in Canada in the 60’s & 70’s, a time when teachers still had enough attention for us to teach us empathy as part of the curriculum. As it happens, I am also naturally quite empathic. As an adult, this was both a blessing and a curse: I could really listen to people, all kinds of people, withoug judging, and they felt heard and respected. The downside: not knowing where the “off” switch is and getting overwhelmed by the feelings of the people I empathise with.

    So I am just dropping you this note to say: I wish I had also learned how to keep one foot firmly on the ground while venturing into someone else’s worldview. I mean skills like self-management (not judging, but noting things to process later, rather than throwing them away) and multi-modal listening (ex: helps in noticing incongruencies in body-language, tone, language etc).

    Wow, empathetic kids with these skills could really make a difference in the world. They would be able to really see and listen to the world while holding on to their own values. Add the skill of powerful questions…

    (As I write, I notice that some of these are things that small children do very well: reading faces, spotting incongruencies, Perhaps the secret is not to teach them well later, but to avoid un-teaching them? 🙂

    • http://www.brucesallan.com Bruce Sallan

      I’m so glad you “stumbled” and find us, @e70c6edce18cdd8d8887384707119201:disqus. You comment is wise – please join us tomorrow at @DadChat where you’ll meet great people and share your thoughts and experiences, I hope!?

  • swarrie

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