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JANUARY 2017

PARENTS PERCH

EMPATHY
Young students: “I can imagine how you feel!”
Older students/teens/adults: “Reading, understanding and responding to other people’s feelings.”
Week 1 Empathy defined: How do we read & understand other people’s feelings?
Week 2 Predicting/communicating emotions: Educated guesses & “I feel” statements
Week 3 The impact of emotions: How do our actions impact others?
Week 4 Listening & expressing concern: Showing people that their feelings matter

Dear Family,
This month we will focus on
the Powerful Word, “empathy.”
Empathy refers to our ability
to “take a walk in someone
else’s shoes.” With empathy,
we can imagine how others
feel and respond appropriately.
A crucial social skill, empathy
allows people to problem solve
together as well as to make
and retain friends. Without the
ability to read emotions and
take the perspective of others,
children may choose to act in
many self-serving ways.
Young children can have
trouble with perspectivetaking even though empathy,
according to the research, is
inborn. Through experience,
learning and good parenting (as

empathy must be nurtured!),
young children learn that others
have feelings and that their
own actions can impact another
person’s emotions.
As children get older, they
learn to recognize emotions
and causes of emotions. They
get better at inferring other
people’s feelings. While society
tends to emphasize empathy
skills for girls more than boys,
all humans need empathy to
nurture relationships.
Empathy is not only one of the
single most important factors
in fostering successful leaders,
entrepreneurs, managers,
and businesses but it also
delivers a dose of happiness to
everyone involved. It enhances
relationships, reduces bullying,
increases forgiveness between

For more Powerful parenting information, go to www.DrRobynSilverman.com.
© 2016 Powerful Words Character Development

people, improves relationships
and increases feelings of
connection. Kids who are
empathetic also tend to be
more successful because they
are purpose-driven rather than
narcissistic (See: Alexander &
Sandahl; The Atlantic, 2016).
Concentrating on instilling
empathy skills in children is
good for everyone!
We look forward to partnering
with you on discussing empathy
this month.
Here’s to your success!
Best Regards,
—Your Motivated and
Dedicated Instructors
UPCOMING POWERFUL WORDS
February
March
April

Impulse Control
Anger Management
Generosity


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