Under the Surface

December 03, 2022

Quote of the Week

"I think we all have empathy. We may not have enough courage to display it." - Maya Angelou

Under The Surface

"If you were to ask a child psychologist which character traits are most important for a child’s development, kindness and empathy would likely rank high on the list.

Empathy is a way of connecting. It shows kids you know they’re experiencing something — even if you don’t understand exactly how it feels to them. Empathy says: “I want you to know you’re not alone. And I want to understand how this feels to you.”

This message is essential for kids to hear. When kids feel understood and supported, they’re more likely to stay motivated. Your empathy can also help kids become self-aware and better able to speak up for what they need.

Empathy is also a powerful tool to help you understand what’s behind behaviour. It can help you and your child work together as a team to handle challenges as they come up. And it can even help you connect during challenging moments."

Here's a beautiful video that silently shows the underlying emotions that every single person is going through at all times. It may or may not feel that big in the bigger scheme of things, but making a small attempt to look under the surface can invite a sense of connection and belonging for the other. [watch video]

Reading Corner

Title: You, Me and Empathy
By: Jayneen Sanders
Ages: 3-7

One of the most important social skills a child can learn is empathy. Being able to understand how another person is feeling and recognizing their needs helps people to connect to one another across race, culture and the diversity that is ever-present and so important to our world. This charming story uses verse, beautiful illustrations and a little person called Quinn to model the meaning of empathy. Throughout the story, Quinn shows an abundance of understanding, compassion and kindness towards others. Showing empathy towards others is a learnt trait, and one to nurture and cherish with the children in our care.
Also included are Discussion Questions for parents, caregivers and educators, and suggested activities to promote empathy and kindness. - Publishers

Be the Change

Imagine how different classrooms, offices, organizations, and homes around the world might be if more adults stopped to consider how they might demonstrate more empathy and kindness in their regular interactions.This week pause a little more as you ask the question, "How are you?" How are you feeling today?" It is a very simple activity, but its potential to encourage a positive emotional state can make the world of a difference.