The Happy Kid Handbook: How to Raise Joyful Children in a Stressful World
Katie Hurley, LCSW
New York: Jeremy P. Tarcher/Penguin, 2015
What Katie does particularly well in this book is highlight the importance of empathy—understanding the feelings of another person. She notes that if parents are empathic with their children, the children will be empathic in turn.
“Are aware of their own feelings.
Can read facial cues (determine when others are sad, happy, angry, etc.) and body language, and react accordingly.
Are aware of their individuality. (I feel this way, but that boy might feel another way.)
Can distinguish their own feelings from the feelings of others, and will attempt to help a friend in a way that is meaningful to that friend.
Can anticipate how others might feel in a variety of situations.
Understand how their behavior affects others.
Can be caretakers at times.
Are more aware of feelings in the room, and sometimes carry the feelings of others with them” (p. 116).