Today I wanted to expose my kids to the phrase “walking in someone else’s shoes.” We looked at the concept by literally doing it. I had them walk in the shoes of everyone in the family. Then, we talked about what the lives of these people look like. What is it like for daddy to go to work every day? What does that look like? How might he feel when he comes home at night? How might he feel as he interacts with you when you are acting good? When you are making poor choices? What does mommy’s life look like? What am I doing throughout the day? How does your behavior effect your mom? What is life like for your siblings? What is it like to go to school all day and then come home tired? What is it like to be the middle child? What is it like to be the littlest? By being exposed to how others might feel, we can have more compassion and empathy.
“Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience” – Colossians 3:12
It’s compassion week in our character development series. Today I am focused on teaching Compassion and Learning to Walk in Someone Else’s Shoes. Developing empathy in our children is a leading factor in creating socially competent and successful kids. For more lessons on the topic, please visit my compassionate tab.