Give the Gift of Empathy

This busy and joyful season is a time with much focus on giving- and it is a great time to encourage empathy. A Time magazine article on bullying called "How Not to Raise a Bully," stated, "Increasingly neuroscientists, psychologists, and educators believe that bullying and other kids of violence can indeed be reduced by encouraging empathy at an early age." Empathy is understanding, respecting and responding to another person's pain or difficulty. Empathy is other-centered, thinking about and responding to what others may be feeling or experiencing, and that's why the holiday season can be a great time to grow empathy in our children. In terms of bullying prevention, empathy works in two

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