Kids need to do so much to get into a good college and "succeed". They have to be the soccer star, play the oboe, perform in all the musicals, and volunteer (but not because they enjoy volunteering, but because they need to at least pretend they enjoy it for colleges), not to mention, get straight A’s or forget about going to a good college. Even preschoolers leave school to then go to Spanish, music, and art classes. And if kids do all of those things, then they’ll succeed, right? Well, there is (at least) one major flaw in that line of thinking: it has completely neglected empathy development.
Research shows that kids with empathy actually score better on math and reading tests, they are grittier and happier, and they are more likely to be financially sound adults. That sounds like what we want for our kids. Here are 10 tips to help your kids develop empathy!
For more information, check out Michele Borba's book, UnSelfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World.