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I remember the day my dad taught me empathy. I'm still very bad at connecting with how other people perceive my actions and so forth. When I was old enough to swim (8 maybe?) I did something mean, possibly kick my dad, and he told me I was in trouble and couldn't leave the pool until I apologized. I said sorry, but he didn't buy it so forced me to stay until ...


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You're correct that your son "should" have more empathy at this age, certainly not in all situations, but these are basic and easily comprehensible by a 3.5 year old, especially maternal distress. Recent developments in research cast doubt on early conceptions of young children as primarily egocentric and incurring of others’ needs. Studies reviewed ...


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My daughter just turned 8 and does the same thing. The problem is that she is a perfectionist and wants to be excellent at everything she does. Guess what? She wasn't awesome the first time she tried the harmonica. Or skiing. Or Snowboarding. Or skating. Or judo. And every time we sit and I tell her the same thing when she says, "I'm not good." I ...


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It's an old educational style to praise children for high skills and compare them to others in order to be ready for a heavily competing world. Knowing the expectations of the parents and teachers the child can be frustrated when can't reach those high expectations. This can lead to poor self confidence and lack of courage in front of new challenges. The new ...



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