Developing Empathy

Saturday was a gorgeous day to go hiking with my boy. He did really great until we ended up on a muddy, narrow horse trail. At one point he had to cross over a pool of water by walking on some fallen logs. James supported him the whole way, but it was too much for him, and he started to cry.

Still crying, he sat down and asked for his brother, who left for college a few weeks ago. I called Elijah on Facebook Messenger, and he perked Jordan right up. I love the video call feature in Messenger! Elijah “hiked” with us for awhile, until Jordan felt better.

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Jordan liked taking silly pictures as we walked.

Developing Child Principle #9 includes the following:

“Developing positive relationships with peers and adults teaches children important skills, such as communication, collaboration, and empathy.”

This exchange between my sons warmed my mama heart. Parenting is tough, but seeing the love they have for each other makes it all worthwhile.

Not only are they learning to feel empathy for one another, but they’re also developing important social-emotional skills that will serve them well in the future and make the world a brighter place.

Copyright © 2017 Sharon J. Miller

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