Why teaching our Children about Feelings is Important:
During the month of October, one of the main guidance topics is feelings. We are going to learn about how to identify our own feelings, how to figure out what others may be feeling( by looking at body language, facial expressions, and the situation), and how to understand someone else's perspective. Being able to identify our own feelings helps us learn how to deal with different emotions appropriately. While being able to identify other's feelings helps us develop empathy which leads to stronger friendships and the ability to avoid conflicts. Having empathy and understanding that people respond differently to similar situations are key prerequisites for being able to have compassion.
For tips on how to teach empathy at home, please read Dr. Borba's article.