Originally written and posted by Janet Lansbury at http://www.janetlansbury.com/2017/02/how-children-really-learn-empathy/
“Educators will tell you that a classroom full of empathetic kids simply runs more smoothly than one filled with even the happiest group of self-serving children. Similarly, family life is more harmonious when siblings are able feel for each other and put the needs of others ahead of individual happiness. If a classroom or a family full of caring children makes for a more peaceful and cooperative learning environment, just imagine what we could accomplish in a world populated by such children.” – Jessica Lahey, “Teaching Children Empathy,” The New York Times
Originally written and posted by By JENNIFER LEHR at https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-right-way-to-speak-to-children-1483711019
Parents often use phrases like “Good job!” and “Say thank you” when they talk to their children. But what do those phrases really mean?
Parentspeak—it’s a language that no one sets out to learn but that most of us can’t help
speaking. If you have children or work with them—or if you’ve ever talked to a child--
you probably speak it too. There may be an infinite number of ways to say something,
but the way that American adults talk to kids is often as limited as it is predictable.
If our kids are climbing, we implore, “Be careful!” If two toddlers are grabbing the same
toy, we tell them, “Share!” When saying goodbye, we ask, “Where’s my kiss?” When they
eat broccoli, we exclaim, “Good job!” And so on.