A white christmas, a reunited family… I think we can all feel the spirit of Christmas around us. While there is so much joy, love and warmth with this season, Christmas times can be difficult for others. For children, it is sometimes hard to imagine what it is like to be someone else and feel empathy. That is why this week’s “1 minute Peppy Parenting” is about imagining how others might feel.
Exercise; Draw a body on a piece of paper and describe a scenario where you have disagreed or had a hard time understanding someone. Or talk about the fact that there are people who are struggling to put food on the table, who won’t be able to spend time with their families during Christmas.
Ask; How do you think it feels to be in this body? Talk about the emotions: sadness, anger, fear etc.
- What do you do when you’re sad, angry, scared etc.?
- Have there been times when you’ve argued with someone?
- How did you feel when you argued?
- Have there been times when you haven’t been allowed to play with others?
- How did it feel?
Purpose; To think about what it is like to be someone else to increase understanding and facilitate the development of empathy.
Want to experience more? Christmas is about giving warmth, love and hope. To spend time with your loved ones. To cherish. Here are some great tips for an Emotionally Intelligent Holiday Season from our friends at 6seconds.
Peppy Pals Team