Parenting | 11 January 20175 Exercises to Help Your Children Learn Empathy Share article facebook twitter google pinterest Parenting can be stressful. You have a lot to juggle, and it can be hard to make family time. Mindful parenting can help balance things and help you learn the best ways to teach your children. Here are some mindful exercises to help teach your children about empathy. Get more mindful parenting tips in 5-Minute Mindfulness: Parenting. Empathy with Others When you are reading a story with your child, get him to try to label the emotions of the characters at a particular juncture of the story. Similarly, when watching a DVD, pause the movie or show and ask your child to tell you what emotion that character is feeling from their facial expressions and body language You can even get your child to draw happy, sad, angry, or embarrassed faces as a bit of fun. Kindness Game Encourage each member of the family to give compliments—not simply, “I like your new dress,” but meaningful compliments that reflect on the person’s behavior. For example, “I am so pleased when you have a drink and biscuit waiting for me after gymnastics.” Over dinner, you can discuss the compliments that each member has given, and the recipient’s response. Mirror Game Get two children to sit facing each other, looking into each other’s eyes. One player is the leader and the other player is the “mirror.” The leader then pulls facial expressions to convey certain emotions, and the mirror has to copy those expressions and name the emotions. Take it in turns. You can also extend the game to include physical movements. Buy from an Online Retailer US: UK: Take the time truly connect with the ones you love. Each and every day we do things that, though potentially rewarding, are too easily taken for granted or performed on auto-pilot. 5-Minute Mindfulness: Parenting is designed to help you take a mindful approach to these commonplace experiences and activities, making them more enjoyable, fulfilling, and relaxing. Too often we focus on simply getting through the day, and in doing so fail to truly connect with the precious thing in everyone’s life: family. 5-Minute Mindfulness: Parenting Explores the ways in which the time we spend with our children can be calmer and more fulfilling. The enlightening essays and simple exercises in this book will help you to communicate more effectively, make your relationships more harmonious, and ensure that the time you spend together is rewarding for you, your partner, and your children. Attractive, compact, and accessible, these books work in harmony with the fast pace of modern life. Share article facebook twitter google pinterest If you have any comments on this article please contact us or get in touch via social media.