Food For Thought

If we protect our children from all forms of hardship, how do they develop empathy?  Don’t you have to have some sort of direct experience to understand how others might feel?  Should we remove all “bad” forms of feeling away from people?  Is that responsible? Things that make you go hmmm.


3 thoughts on “Food For Thought

  1. lifestartsnow says:

    you know, i worked in africa seeing and experiencing poverty to an extend i only knew from tv. i didn’t have an easy life so i had some coping strategies. but the guy i worked with, he had real problems with this and you could see his world, his perfect little world without any sorrows, shatter little by little.

    mind you, he was an adult – but never had experienced anything negative. and he didn’t know how to deal with it.

    it’s difficult to expose your kids to hardship while not trying to break them, very difficult.


  2. Suzanne says:

    I agree that it’s a fine line. Still, some things that we think will break a child (disappointment) need to be learned and aren’t as bad as we think. Obviously poverty, starvation, and preventable deaths are pretty tragic for everyone. I think it’s amazing when I meet people from deep poverty who never thought they had it bad off. Their parents/guiding adults need to be cloned. They did a good job showing them how to make it without making their situation seem bad.

    Thank you for your point of view. It brought a new dimension to my thought.

  3. justaglimpse says:

    Truly a challenge. I am weird and spend a lot of time weighing the effects of certain things that could happen to my children. When E got turned down for a part in the play we spoke about how to deal with heartache.

    I will say that sometimes it seems like E has it happen more than N. However E gets hung up on things more than N too. N is pretty resilient on his own. Empathy has never been a problem for N.

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