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Raising Kids With Character: 10 Traits to Build On

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Empathy

Since people can't actually walk in another person's shoes, they need to learn empathy, the skill of feeling what others are experiencing. Understanding others' joy and suffering helps us care for them. When you have moment to watch TV or read books with your child, talk about characters' points of views and ask, "What do you think the character is feeling or thinking?" If you see your child doing or saying something hurtful, encourage consideration by asking "How would it make you feel if someone did that to you?"