Empathy is a social skill that begins at birth. Children learn about themselves through the relationships they have with others. Both positive and negative interactions with their environment, siblings, friends, and parents help to shape a child’s ability to be empathetic. Yet, as a child develops through adolescence and into adulthood, empathy becomes an essential skill for healthy relationships, success in the workplace, and even the relationship with oneself. This article will address how parents can facilitate teen empathy and support a healthy transition to adulthood.
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