Empathy for Others
Your Child Learning to be Prosocial!
There are several different kinds of Empathy for Others, and your child is now beginning to show many of them. Proximal empathy happens when your child see a nearby person who is upset or hurt and offers to help. Altruistic empathy happens when a distant person is in need, such as at the other end of the playground, and your child offers support. Finally, in self-corrective empathy, your child stops upsetting another, perhaps by having taken a crayon away, because he feels bad about hurting the other child. You can help him develop empathy by practicing prosocial behaviors together, such as sharing, helping and cooperating with others.
Has your child achieved the following Empathy for Others developmental milestones yet? If yes, check off all the skill(s) he has already mastered to date!