How storytelling can help kids develop perspective taking

Perspective taking is the ability to understand another person’s thoughts, feelings, wants, and needs. Developing this social skill will help kids deal with all sorts of situations, ranging from handling playground disputes today to mastering boardroom debates tomorrow. So how can we teach our kids this? Try this week’s “1 minute Peppy Talks”

Exercise: Read the following scenario out loud; John wants to go out skipping rope while Anna just wants to stay inside reading, which makes John a bit frustrated.

Ask: What do you think John does when Anna says she doesn’t want to join?

Discuss:

  • What can John do in this situation?
  • What would be the consequences?
  • Have you been in a similar situation?
  • How does it feel when you can’t get your will through? Is it good or bad?

Purpose: To practice perspective-taking and empathy

Want to experience more? Reading books is a good method to help kids see things from different perspectives. Peppy Pals’ books are a good starting point for this. All books are accompanied with questions that you can discuss while or after reading.