Dr Wendy Mogel 'Smart empathy: raising resilient children and teenagers' at Young Minds 2013
How to Raise an Empathetic Teen
Watch movies with them like Blood Diamond, Tapped, and Black Gold.Movies that show how others around the world live and talk to them about how they feel about what they saw. Open their minds up beyond their teenage concerns. Teens are forming their personalities and images and are very protective and defensive at that age, but perhaps showing them what other people their age have to live through, or empowering them with information that can allow them to make a difference in the world with the choices they make will make them feel strong enough to shoulder another's burden as well.
Engage your teen in reading with you.Choose books you can read together about the importance of empathy and self esteem and how they go together.
Watch very carefully and try to gauge your teen's self esteem.People with low self esteem can often be in defense mode all the time and seem selfish because they are too busy protecting themselves to empathize with others. If you feel your teen has low self esteem, you need to address it. It may happen through heat to hearts, or you may need to seek counseling for your teen to help him or her develop a healthy self image. One where he or she feels empowered enough to lend an ear and a helping hand to others which will further build their self esteem and ability to be empathetic.
Encourage real, supportive, active listening.Teach them how you can both help increase someone else's sense of self and belonging ,and your own through empathy, by just being there to listen to someone and being able to say to someone, "What I need from you right now is just to be with me and listen."
- Make sure your teen knows empathy doesn't require you to solve other's problems or take over their burdens, but it means being present with that person and helping them just by listening, being there and simply asking "What can I do for you?" "How can I help you?" vs saying this like. 'Yeah man, that really sucks!" or "Well, at least....x, y or z." because that is superficial sympathy. Empathy requires giving of your self through being present and helpful.
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