Thoughts on fostering growth through empathy
- a blog for parents -
Have you ever stopped to consider what it is about your favourite movie, book or story that you find compelling? I was contemplating this as I went through the fiction books on my shelves this weekend looking to see which ones I might want to re-read and which ones I might want to find new homes for. As I read the recalled the plots of each of the books, it occurred to me that reading fiction is all about going on a journey - an emotional journey.
All my favourite fiction books and movie were all about the emotional rollercoasters they took me on.
I loved the suspenseful thrill of "who-dun-its". Was moved to tears by the "coming of age" tales. And I got off the roller coaster in the middle of one emotional saga, overwhelmed by the grief.
Even my TV shows and favourite movies.
The emotions may be different from one story to the next - no two heroes journeys are identical - but the thing that keeps us coming back for more is characters' emotional journeys.... And we love going with them.
So why is it so hard to go on those journeys with our kids?