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Empathic Parenting Leads To Kids Displaying Less Risky Behavior

A new study finds that empathy could be the key to preventing children from engaging in risky behavior and helping them succeed as adults.

According to a recent study by the Journal of Moral Education, it is found that children whose parents display empathy were less prone to engage in risky behavior.

During their teenage years, children who feel like they have parental support behave better.

However, the opposite is also true: Kids who feel neglected and disregarded by their parents tend to act out more as teens.

The study, which recently published in the Journal of Moral Education, analyzed survey results from nearly 4,000 children between the ages of 12 and 17. The children answered a variety of questions regarding their parents’ displays of empathy, their own empathy levels, and the types of activities they engage in.

There may be other factors that play a part such as self-confidence.

However, it is essential that parents understand that modeling empathy and discussing feelings with children can help them become self-sufficient, caring individuals who avoid problematic behaviors.

It isn’t difficult to teach young children how to show empathy, either. Parents can begin at any time.

Empathic Parents Leads To Kids Displaying Less Risky Behavior

Key Takeaways:

  • A new study is showing that teens who don’t feel loving support are more likely to act out in their teenage years.
  • This study found that children who have empathetic parents are more likely to display positive social behaviors based on empathy.
  • The study still leaves questions such as the role of self-confidence in risky behavior but this shows a good start for understanding better parenting behaviors.
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As a mom of two boys, I've been through the many ups and downs that parenting brings. However, I absolutely love reading and learning about better ways to communicate with my teens. I try to understand what they might be going through in their various stages of development. Communication, understanding, kindness, respect, and leading with love can help us maintain a positive bond with our children, from toddlers to teens and beyond.

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