This is a brief post, since I’m now a day behind! Yesterday was a bit hectic but I hope to stay on track now (smile). Anyway, this topic is one that I think of often; especially when I read about children committing, or attempting, suicide. Empathy us nothing and the benefits from it can be far-reaching. According to Dictionary.com, empathy is the “identification and understanding of another’s situation, feelings, and motives.” The current mindset of many people is that “different” is bad, it is something to be made fun of and, or, despise. Some of the same people, with this mindset, are raising children who go to school and see the differences of others and begin to bully and belittle the “different” kids. Now we have 8 year olds jumping from buildings and 11 year olds hanging themselves because the constant bullying is too much for them to deal with! I know that being picked on is something that happens in life, heck, I’ve experienced it, but every child handles stress differently. Expecting all kids to “grin and bear it” or “suck it up and deal” is unfair. While it is important to teaching kids that there are healthy ways to deal with the stresses they face, it is also important to teach kids that “different” isn’t bad…it’s just different. We have to teach kids how to look at the things that make us all different and simply understand those differences. Kids are dealing with so many things, so many adversities; we have to reduce these stresses as much as possible. Teaching empathy can enrich and save the lives of our children.