Oklahoma used to be known for it’s friendly ways. Whether it be whole towns pulling together to help one family or just some one offering to help change a flat tire. Empathy and kindness has always been something found here. Sadly, in today’s world empathy and kindness seem to be lacking more and more. As a stay at home mom in Oklahoma City, you would be doing your best to make sure that you children know that a little bit of empathy and kindness can go a long way. After all, caring children will group into compassionate adults that will help make things better for everyone.
Some children are empathetic by nature, while others need some one to show them how. Either way it is important for them to see you lead by example. Do your best to be kind to everyone, let your child know they should do the same. Small things like holding the door for some one can change their day. When you ask your child to do something remember to say “please” and “thank you” not only will this make your kids a little happier, but it will show them that they should do the same. When you child uses the words “please” or “thank you” without you telling them two you should praise them for it. If they do something nice at random praise them for it. Let them know what a great thing they just did.
Another thing is teaching your child how to read “body language”, if your child is able to read how a person is feeling they can be more empathic to others. Your child will need to know how to explain their feelings first of course, but once they are able to tell that the child sitting alone on the play ground is sad, then they will be able to know that they could offer to play with them to change that sad face into a smile. Whether you play games that allow your child to practice sad, happy, excited,… etc. Or you just point out faces on TV or in books to ask your child “how do you think that person feels?” there are many ways to help lead your child to being empathic.