"Research shows that we are each born with a given number of neurons that participate in an empathetic response. But early life experience shapes how we act on it." This article addresses building empathy in children starting at an early age, talking about feelings and participating in activities that help them acknowledge the feelings of others.Source:
Jane E. Brody, The New York Times, December 10, 2018Description:
"Teachers and caregivers in child care and pre-K settings can foster empathy by acknowledging rather than dismissing a child’s distress or by bringing a toy or doll to comfort a child who is upset or injured. Libraries and bookstores are replete with stories in print and video that demonstrate the giving and receiving of empathy for children at different age levels. Among the many choices: “I Am Human,” “What’s Wrong with Timmy?” and a personal favorite, “Wonder,” which was also made into a popular movie last year." Read the full article here!