Child Empathy & Intelligence

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Empathy is being able to put yourself in one's shoes. Learn about the relationships and differences between child empathy and intelligence with help from a family case worker in this free video clip.

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Hi, my name is Christina Gavenda at and today I'm going to talk about childhood empathy and intelligence. Empathy is being able to put yourself in someone elses shoes and emotional intelligence is being able to understand your own feelings and control them. A lot of people think that their children are born with these skills innate in them and that those just naturally happen. For some kids that's true. For a lot it's not, and most of us need some help in learning how to ask ourselves how would I feel if I was that person or understanding our anger or other negative emotions and then controlling ourselves so that our behavior isn't negative. There are some really easy ways to help develop empathy in your children. When you see an opportunity arise where you can step in and ask that child "how would you feel if that happened to you?" And then help the child think of ways to encourage someone who had a negative experience or who is having trouble dealing with something. That can help the child practice putting themselves in another's shoes. With emotional intelligence when your child is experiencing a negative emotion like bitterness or anger or sadness, helping them to experience that emotion but in a positive way so it doesn't effect their behavior negatively or in ways that are inappropriate. But if they need to go out and throw a pillow down or hit a pillow, that is an appropriate way to burn off steam when there is something really stressful going on for a small child. An inappropriate way would be to hit an animal or hit a person. Helping your child to control their emotions and process them so that they're no longer needing to react in a temper tantrum sort of way is very important. Thanks so much for watching. My name is Christina Gavenda and today we talked about how to help your child develop empathy and intelligence.


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