Fostering EMPATHY in Kids

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The Greater Good Science Center out of Berkeley recently published an article titled “Seven Ways to Foster Empathy in Kids“. As we live in the age of the selfie, a new book from Michele Borba titled “Unselfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World” is creating some powerful discussion.

According to Borba, low levels of empathy are rampant in our culture, and in kids that’s associated with bullying, cheating, weak moral reasoning, and mental health issues, like anxiety and depression. Her book is a call to parents, teachers, and other caring adults to help encourage children to develop empathy and generosity toward others, and it’s full of research-based tips on how to do so.

Of course here at Growing Sound we ESPECIALLY love Suggestion #4! Support Empathy Education In School
Our Before The Bullying Initiative does just that! Through Music, Video and Performing Arts we are able to teach Acceptance, Friendship, Teamwork, EMPATHY and Responsibility…all the pro-social skills that prevent bullying.

GROWING SOUND has full curriculum kits (affordable for any school budget), which include resource manuals, music CDs, DVD, posters, temporary tattoos and more. We offer Professional Development Training in this area and even School Assembly Programs. Is you budget tight? Ask us about our Community Sponsorship Program where local businesses help bring the kits into your schools.

READ the full article from The Greater Good Science Center HERE.

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