Iowa River Valley Early Childhood Area
ensuring success in children age 0-5 in hardin and marshall county, iowa
Written by Carrie Kube, IRVECA Director
Did you know that starting as early as age 6 months, babies can gauge your response to another person in the room or a particular situation? How you greet a neighbor or a stranger can tell your baby a lot! It’s called empathy. It’s more than just teaching our children to play nice with one another. Empathy is the ability to understand how someone else is feeling and to respond with care, compassion, and concern.
According to Zero To Three, children who are raised to be empathetic understands that he/she is a separate and is their own person; knows that others can have different thoughts and feelings than he/she has; can recognize common such as happiness, surprise, anger, disappointment, and sadness; is able to look at a particular situation and imagine how they might feel in this moment; and can imagine what response might be appropriate or comforting in that particular situation.
You are your child’s first teacher. Raising your child to be empathetic begins with you. Here’s how you build empathy in your child.
In the words of Barack Obama, “Learning to stand in somebody else's shoes, to see through their eyes, that's how peace begins. And it's up to you to make that happen. Empathy is a quality of character that can change the world.”
Imagine the kind of peaceful world we could create if we were our children to be empathetic.
Iowa River Valley Early Childhood Area Director
Disclosure: Carrie Kube is a Director for the Iowa River Valley Early Childhood Area Board. All thoughts and opinions expressed are that of the author and not the Board and/or its community partners.