Posts tagged: Empathy

Living Black History Projects

It’s Black History Month once again in the U.S., when teachers and group leaders plan lessons celebrating African…

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Guided Meditation: Housing Insecurity

Before the pandemic, churches in my city would take turns providing overnight accommodations for persons without…

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Guided Meditation: Healthcare Access

When I was growing up, money was tight. My mom took my siblings and me to the city health clinic for our childhood…

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Guided Meditation: Immigration

A few years ago, our family collected household items to help Afghan refugees relocating to our hometown. A local…

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Guided Meditation: Food Insecurity

“Mom, I’m hungry, and there’s nothing to eat!” my 10 year old wailed while staring into a well-stocked…

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Kindness Trees

“No, no, no!” said the preschool teacher as she rushed over to a child threatening to hit a playmate. “It’s not…

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Kindness Projects

My children's elementary school had a student committee that planned service projects for every grade. Kids from…

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National Coming Out Day

My sister was 18 when she came out. It was a chaotic time in my family of origin, with lots of tears, threats of…

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Resisting Bias with Brian the Brave

Children begin learning about differences at a young age. Figuring out how to categorize things is one of the ways they…

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Acknowledging Hurt & Making Amends

Yom Kippur, the annual Jewish Day of Atonement, begins the evening of Sunday, September 24. It is a time for deep…

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How Curiosity Enhances Relationships

My daughter and her best friend met in 2nd grade. Their first weeks together were spent asking each other questions:…

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Counting Kindness with Kids

Countless families and children become refugees when extreme poverty or violence force them to leave their homes. The…

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Dreaming with Dreamers

Dreamers, by Yuyi Morales, follows a mother and her young child as they immigrate to the United States and begin to…

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Movement Meditation: Empathy

Children don’t always get along. Like adults, they get angry with siblings and friends. They feel resentment and…

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Exploring The Coquíes Still Sing

I grew up in Oklahoma, where tornadoes are a common summer occurrence. My family would huddle in the basement as sirens…

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Exploring The Little Wooden Robot and the Log Princess

Fairy tales can play a powerful role in children’s lives. Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen has morphed into…

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Exploring Every Little Kindness with Kids

Sometimes a story doesn’t need words to be powerful. That’s the case with Marta Bartolj’s Every Little Kindness,…

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Movement Meditation: Empowerment

Being a small person in a big world can be overwhelming at times. Children may feel overshadowed by the adults around…

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Exploring Elemental with Kids

A few days ago, one of my children wanted breakfast for dinner, while another preferred Indian. The first argued that…

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Going on a Rainforest Adventure with Forest

Brendan Kearney’s Forest is part of a series that chronicles the adventures of fisher Finn and his dog, Skip. In this…

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Not-So-Random Acts of Kindness

Walking through the farmer’s market last weekend, I overheard a conversation between a coffee vendor and a customer.…

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Exploring Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 with Kids

Marvel’s newest release, Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 3, focuses on Rocket’s origin story as Groot, Mantis, Drax,…

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Celebrating AANHPI Heritage Month

Just a few weeks after cherry blossoms peak in the U.S. capital, Americans begin a month-long celebration of Asian…

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Celebrating Eid al Fitr

After 30 days of fasting, Muslim worldwide mark the end of Ramadan with Eid al Fitr, literally a festival of breaking…

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Addressing Empathy Deficits

“Jamal is icky. He walks with a limp and talks funny.” “Suzanne is so stupid! She looks weird, too.” Such…

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Promoting Restorative Justice

My son’s Montessori school had a ‘peace table’ where children could go to work out disagreements. On it were a…

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Spiritual Themes in The Door of No Return

Lessons about slavery in the United States typically begin with life on a plantation in the American South.  This…

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Avatar Spirituality

Avatar: The Way of Water continues the story of Jake, Neytiri, and their children. For many years, they have lived…

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Encouraging Empathy When It’s Hard

Holiday shows play on our sense of connection to beloved characters. Kids who have been left out or bullied know how…

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Exploring Emotions with The Coat

Hand-me-downs can be a dreaded necessity or longed-for acquisition. I remember being crestfallen when a neighbor passed…

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Wakanda Spirituality

How do you create a Black Panther sequel without the Black Panther? Chadwick Boseman’s death made it difficult for my…

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Encouraging Children to Lead

“Mom, I saw some people asking for money by the off ramp. They didn’t have any coats and it’s pretty cold…

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Creating A Culture Of Caring

In 3rd and 4th grade, I participated in an afterschool Kids Club organized by a neighborhood grandmother. I would walk…

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Reexamining Humility as a Spiritual Virtue

Growing up, I was frequently told that good girls should be humble. I was expected to hide my intelligence and avoid…

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Modeling Gratitude

“Thank you.” Two simple words we teach children when they’re small and hope they will use often. Giving thanks…

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Emoji Spirituality

Kids love emojis. As fun visual substitutes for words, they help children share how they’re feeling and communicate…

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Reading A Duet for Home

What can children do about a situation that seems unfair or unjust? How can they be allies? These are two of the…

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The Spiritual Effects of Nature

My children loved going for walks when they were little. They would point out flowers, watch a caterpillar inch its way…

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Replacing Hurtful Words with Kindness

“Losers! Losers!” shouted a kid on the opposing soccer team. My fifth grader and her teammates were headed to the…

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Using Story Circles to Build Empathy

Sorting through a box of old school papers, I found a story one of my children wrote in 2nd grade. Her teacher had…

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Spiritual Brain Power

When my eldest child was three, she shocked our neighbor by explaining in detail how a refrigerator works. Amber loved…

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Encouraging Active Empathy

My daughter came home talking about a new girl in her class. Since being the new kid can be challenging, I want my…

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