Thoughts on fostering growth through empathy
- a blog for parents -
You'll notice that the title of this blog, "Heal. Grow. Love: Thoughts on fostering growth through empathy", implies that empathy is the key to nurturing healing, growth/development, and loving connection between people. And, since this blog is specifically for parents, that means that empathy is the key to promoting healing, growth and loving connection in children.
To clarify, empathy, as I see it, is having a genuine understanding and appreciation for the point of view that another person has, whether or not you fundamentally agree with it. It is about saying, "Yes, I can see how this you would perceive this situation in this way and have these kinds of feelings about it", whether or not you think you think their experience or perception is a fair, accurate or just one.
I propose that, only when children feel understood, can they be open to hearing and possibly understanding your (adult) perspective...and perhaps agreeing with you.
Isn't that the way we all are?