Perspective shifting for empathy

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No Cost
10 minutes or less


Next time your child has a conflict with another child (could be a sibling, friend, or a new acquaintance on the playground,) wait until the heat of the moment has passed and then, in as neutral a way as possible, ask your child to describe what happened.  Then, ask him to pretend that he was the other person in the disagreement and to describe what happened from that person’s point of view.  It’s not necessary to make any sort of judgment about which story is true or better, just help your child observe the differences.

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