Healthy Kids    

Child Behavior: What makes a "great kid"? Part Two

Empathy - the ability to care.

In Paul Schwartz’s column in Hudson Valley Parent magazine, he discussed the 10 qualities of “great kids.” Here’s one quality that kids need to develop in order to lead a happy, healthy life while being able to face the challenges of the 21st century.

Empathy (the ability to care): Children develop empathy in infancy, most commonly by the caring models that exhibit this trait. Empathy develops when a child becomes aware of his feelings and a parent helps him express them freely. Encourage your child to express his feelings and to become a good listener! The more empathy is modeled and practiced by you at home, the more it will develop in your children.

 Paul Schwartz, Ph.D., is a professor of psychology and education at Mount Saint Mary College. He is available for speaking engagements to parent groups.