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The Hidden Way That Kids Learn Empathy (and How Parents Can Help)
As parents, I think one of our main goals is to help our children develop an understanding and empathy for other people. If you are the parent of a toddler, you know that instilling this idea of empathy seems an almost impossible task. There’s a good reason for that–it is almost impossible for a toddler. Most of us know that toddlers (under about 4 years of age) simply don’t have the cognitive or social-emotional development skills to understand what other people might be feeling or thinking–a skill known as perspective-taking.
33 Reasons Why Parents Should Choose a Play-Based Preschool, Not and Academic One
McKenna Meyers, We Have Kids
Play-Based Preschools Foster Happier and Healthier Children
Why Pediatricians are Prescribing Play Time for Kids
When 4-year-old Britton Taunton-Rigby recently got her yearly checkup, her pediatrician wrote a prescription for something he says is important. It reads, "Play Every Day."
New guidance from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends all pediatricians do the same. The organization says playing with parents and peers is a critical part of a child's healthy development, fundamental for learning life skills and reducing stress.