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Raising An Empathetic Child

Posted by Jason Sebell on Nov 5, 2013 11:26:00 AM

As a parent one of my goals is that I am trying to raise empathetic children. It is an incredibly important life skill, and one that our broader culture does not always model well. I want my sons to grow up seeing the strength in truly understanding and appreciating the emotions of other people. Thankfully, I have a spouse who recognizes empathy as a vital character building block. But how exactly does one go about raising an empathetic child in this day and age? What are the outside institutions that will help reinforce my family’s values? I am fortunate to be a camp director at a values-driven overnight camp community, where a major focus of our program is helping children to learn to be empathetic people. I am able to see the incredible good that an intentional summer camp community does in crafting a young person’s character.

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