Empathy builds resilience

Therapist & Author Robert Brooks, PhD, explains the importance of helping your child to develop empathy and how that can lead to him or her being a more resilient person
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Empathy builds resilience

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Empathy is one of the most important skills for a child to develop, because it is so implicated in the friendships they have, how they get along with other kids. Because to be empathic means you’re able to read social cues, you know how to respond to different people. And some children have difficulty with it where we even have to work more with them. Some children with what they call Asperger’s or learning problems don’t always read the cues. And that’s why I think it’s very important for parents and teachers to use many different opportunities when situations arise – not in a lecturing way, but in a really kind way to say to the child, “Think about how that other person may feel. How would you feel in this situation?” Because one of the most important things for children is to have friendships, especially as they start to grow and develop. Lonely children are often so sad and not very resilient, because they feel very isolated. And that’s why empathy is such an important skill for kids to have.

Therapist & Author Robert Brooks, PhD, explains the importance of helping your child to develop empathy and how that can lead to him or her being a more resilient person

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Robert Brooks, PhD

Therapist & Author

Dr. Robert Brooks is a psychologist on the faculty of Harvard Medical School.  He has lectured nationally and internationally and written extensively about the themes of resilience, parenting, family relationships, school climate, and balancing our personal and professional lives. He is the author or co-author of 15 books and has also appeared in several videos pertaining to helping children to become more responsible, self-disciplined, hopeful, and resilient.

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