Raising Empathy Toolkit
PAST COMMUNITY EVENTS:
HELP OUR KIDS TO ACCEPT AND UNDERSTAND THEIR OWN EMOTIONS, SO THAT IN TURN, THEY CAN UNDERSTAND THE EMOTIONS OF OTHERS..
TREAT OUR OWN KIDS WITH EMPATHY.
BE A ROLE MODEL AND TREAT OTHERS WITH EMPATHY.
CREATE OPPORTUNITIES TO PRACTICE EMPATHY TOWARDS OTHERS.
MORE INFO AND OPPORTUNITIES COMING SOON
2. EMOTIONAL LITERACEY
"Emotional literacy is a broad concept which includes: understanding, expressing, and managing emotions. Being emotionally literate requires that you know what emotions you and others have, how strong they are, what causes them and taking responsibility for how your emotions affect others"-Alberta Health Services
Why is this important for my child?
As humans we feel. We are full of emotions and in varying degrees throughout the day-happy, sad, anger, jealous, frustrated, excited....the list can go on.
All these feelings are normal and it is important that our children grow up knowing that they are not only normal but that they will be supported through these waves of feelings. From the day our children are born, they are learning to regulate and be in control of their emotions, but this is a process, as all caregivers know. Like learning to tie a shoe, read, or write, we need to give our children the tools to help them on their journey in regulating their EMOTIONS. But, like all good things, this takes time, patience, and connection.
Supporting our kids in their ability to name & to understand their emotions is vital to growing empathy: take the time to name, validate, explain, & support ALL the emotions a child has throughout their day. Accepting their emotions will help them to begin to understand and accept another's emotions.