62 – Empathy is the most important trait to teach my kids

Hey, Mama. This is Mama’s Daily Dose. I’m Meghan Q Barrett of allyoumama.com. Mama’s Daily Dose is… empathy is the most important trait to teach my kids. Let’s get moving, before we get interrupted.

There’s plenty of things I want to teach my kids. But the one thing I really want to instill in them is empathy. I think that all other emotions that we feel for others, and our actions towards others, are all going to stem from empathy. And this was really exemplified to me when we were traveling back across country, and we got stuck in the Dallas airport for, I don’t know, I think, eight hours. And I feel like you really see humankind and how people act and react when you’re stuck in an airport with a bunch of delayed and canceled flights. And on top of that, there was an incident where there was a dog that had been traveling and a small child and the dad were playing with this dog that was not theirs, it was someone else’s. And the dog went and nipped at the about 18 month old. So it ended up being this whole scene, and a bunch of people had seen it. And it was just interesting to see people’s reactions, like, some were on the side of the dad and the baby like, this dog should get kicked out. And these people kicked off the flight. And some people were showing kindness to the young girl that had the dog that was like, I’m so sorry, that happened, you know, like, probably the dad and the baby should not have been playing with the dog. Whatever the feelings were with it, you just saw all these people taking sides, and then people getting upset about it. And the girl with the dog was so upset. And the dad was, you know, very kind to the girl and said, hey, it’s all good, we’re just going to go get their daughter checked out. But while people are yelling at, you know, the airport workers that their flight is delayed and canceled, then you have this whole thing going on, too. So there was a lot going on. 

And you saw some empathy from people. And then you just saw anger and resentment from other people. And anger and resentment are not only a reflection on what you’re feeling, but it’s not really going to help anyone in that situation. It was a crappy situation for everyone involved. And I think the most important thing is just to put yourself in those different people’s shoes and how they’re feeling their everyone was affected by that situation. And so my anger and resentment towards it isn’t going to help anybody. But if I have empathy for each person in that situation, then I can be kind to each person and I can help the world. And I can also be kind to the people that are showing judgment to that situation too. Because there I am showing judgment as well. In the end, empathy is what is going to result in our other emotions and our reactions to situations and will help us to better react and I think have a more kind reaction to all situations that we come across.

Pretty much like everything in life, empathy takes practice. So see how you can practice some empathy today. Take a look at a situation and see how you can put yourself in someone else’s shoes. And then hey, tomorrow, we’re talking a little bit about patience. And have a great day free of mama guilt because you deserve it.

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