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Saturday, February 17, 2018

Posts Tagged ‘Empathy’

Schools teaching mindfulness cite improved memory and better behavior

The word “mindfulness” can conjure images of yogis sitting cross-legged on a rug, eyes closed, hands resting on knees, forefingers and thumbs touching. But consider these images: A child taking a moment to breathe instead of lashing out in anger. A child shifting her attention back to the teacher after being distracted for a moment. […]

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Love in the time of kholera: Kids books about love and kindness

Kids books on the basics of love and kindness (in time for Valentine’s Day) No, it’s not a misprint — “kholera” is the Greek word for the English “choler,” meaning bitterness, anger, malevolence, bile and diarrhea. (Sounds like the Pepto-Bismol song, amirite?) Because of its relation to “cholera,” I think it nicely combines hot-tempered meanness […]

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The value of teaching kindness (in these uncivil times)

“A little consideration, a little thought for others, makes all the difference.” — A.A. Milne’s Winnie the Pooh “I didn’t come here to make friends.” — Virtually every reality-show contestant ever It’s fair to say our current cultural landscape is no Hundred Acre Wood. Divisiveness abounds on cable news, with party lines deepening. The New Jersey Housewives […]

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Welcome to America Project helps create tiny ambassadors

Roland Anderson isn’t your typical ambassador. For one thing, he’s 3 years old. And while he’s met people from countries around the world, he’s done it all from Phoenix. Roland’s mini ambassadorship comes through his volunteer experience with the Welcome to America Project, a Valley nonprofit that provides a warm welcome to refugee families settling […]

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Skate Rising boosts girls’ self-confidence, advocacy, empathy

On a typical Saturday morning at the indoor 91 West Skatepark in Peoria, skateboarders from all over metro Phoenix wearing snapback hats and gray hoodies zoom across plywood ramps, bowls and banks, grind on smooth iron rails and practice their kick flips. But one Saturday in late January, the skaters who descended upon 91 West […]

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My daughter’s Iraqi best friend taught me to hope and help

At our kitchen table one evening, my 10-year-old daughter, Victoria, wanted to show me something as I checked her homework. “Here’s how you write the words ‘I am’ in Arabic,” she said, slowly drawing a curved line with a little dot to the left. “Fatima showed me.” “That’s so cool, Tori,” I replied. Fatima Muhsen […]

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Instilling empathy: Books that explore special-needs kids, themes

We all are the same: We share DNA and the desire for family, community, prosperity, safety and respect. We all are different, too, thanks to that DNA and the circumstances of our lives. Some differences are visible; some are significant. All leave marks, all merit understanding and acceptance. And so our biology gives us the […]

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Raising responsible children: The power of example

We have all had moments when we say to ourselves, “Why did I just say such a thing to my child? I sound just like my mother!” That may be a good or a bad thing, depending on the example set by our mothers. But the truth is that raising responsible, respectful children begins with […]

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Raising responsible children: The power of empathy

Do your children behave differently at home than they do at school? At home, do they whine, complain, procrastinate and look to you to solve their problems? Are they unresponsive and irresponsible? How do you avoid the ensuing power struggles? Parents commonly respond to a child’s negative behaviors and mistakes by ranting, lecturing and rescuing, […]

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Wielding the unwelcome power to wound

Empathy is the ability to understand what someone else is feeling — to take a few steps in their shoes. I have a lot of empathy for writers lately. As I enter Day 6 in the WordPress Post-a-Day Challenge, I am plagued by a gnawing anxiety. It goes way beyond “What should I write about today?” […]

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