Empathy 5

Empathy is the experience of understanding another person’s condition from their perspective. You place yourself in their shoes and feel what they are feeling. – Psychology Today

Empathy is key to creating a responsive, respectful, healthy home life, thriving communities, and a more peaceful world. For this reason, Family Hui will focus a series of posts on integrating empathy into family life. Everyone is wired from birth to be caring but it takes a consistent and mindful effort to make the empathetic response the parent and child’s auto-response.

Post 1 – Welcoming a new baby into the family is a joyful transition that can be both rewarding and challenging. Empathy for our newborns plays a crucial role in early emotional bonding between parent and child. Empathy for ourselves, and our partners, creates a more stable and nurturing environment for the whole family. Here are a few tips on how to integrate empathy into each day!

  • A precious time to integrate empathy is when we nurse or bottle feed our children. Gaze into your child’s eyes, notice the sounds they are making, experience the movements of their tiny hands. This presence is a gift of empathy to both parent and child. 
  • When we realize that our lives have changed drastically, with the joys and challenges of parenting, stop, breathe, and respond by giving yourself empathy. 
  • Every time we step outside of our own reactions to get behind the eyes and hearts of our children and partners we are modeling empathy and at the same time giving empathy.

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5 thoughts on “Empathy

  • Leah Davis

    Thank You for reminding me when I reached outside of myself to extent the hand of Peace and Love to another human being. I am the parent of now two adult children but I will never forget when I first met my little humans. The gift of discovery was the most precious gift I remember more than 30 or years ago. Discovering their feet and hands and how they responded to me every time I would introduce myself to them, ” I would say my name is Leah but you can call me “mamma” and I will call you “James” This began my journey of bonding and learning what he liked and did not like. I carried him around like a papoose and we were attached at the hip most all the time but he was an individual with his own characteristics and personality traits and I honored him as such always asking him questions and giving him options. It was then that my beloved mother reminded me that although he was my son that he belonged to God and that if I did my job well that he was going to successfully fly away some day. Now he is 32 years old happily married and planning his own family. The gift is when they come to be with you for a short time that they fly away and finally launch their own family.
    God bless Empathy

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