At this time of the year, there is nothing that beats cuddling with your toddlers after having played outside in the crispy air. But did you know you can practice Emotional Intelligence while doing so? In this week’s “1 minute Peppy Parenting” you’ll learn how to introduce empathy to your child in a cozy and relaxed setting.
Exercise; For this exercise you’ll need your child’s favorite book and a cozy sofa or bed. Start by reading the story as usual but divide it into parts suitable for discussion around emotions. For instance, a character might be angry, sad, happy or scared in different situations throughout the book.
Ask; How do you think the person/animal in the book/story is feeling now?
- Why do they feel this way?
- What could you do instead?
- What do the persons look like? What is their body language like?
Purpose; For children to get closer to their own and other people’s feelings and to practice empathy by analyzing what the persons in the story feel.
Want to experience more? Empathy is the ability to understand what other people feel even if you don’t have the feelings yourself. We have developed three books based on the scenarios from our apps with helpful, guiding questions for discussion around emotions and empathy that you can use in this exercise. Order your books here.