Published April 2013: eHow Mom
Tools to Teach Teen Compassion & Empathy
As a parent, you want to see your child act with compassion and show empathy to others. They may need a bit of a push and some guidance, though, to learn how to show others these qualities. Teaching compassion and empathy to children can start when children are very young, according to Denver-based psychologist and author of “Peaceful Parenting,” Nancy Buck. However, if you haven’t discussed these ideas and values with your children until the teen years, it’s not too late, Buck advises. While the sooner you start mentioning these qualities as a family value, the better; you can still give your teen the tools to be a compassionate and empathetic individual.
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– Shannon Philpott