I completely agree 100{815fdd819579a02dc2add20d38ce1539912480600a74c1048385f26d38ce5a69}+ in the importance of building empathy in children, when they’re young, empowering them to better connect and succeed in a meaningful life. It was while I read this article that prompted me to share with you. 

It shouldn’t be a surprise, but I suppose it is for the new generations who don’t have family or opportunities to grow up with nature.

Empathy for ducklings
Here’s me at age 6 (my little sister in behind in her buggy), helping my dad to raise Campbell ducks — it was new for us. I helped my dad to prototype the makeshift ramp for the ducklings to get in and out of the wading pool. I learned with my dad through trial and error, fast-failing method. We used old scrap wood (unused wood shelves) to make planks, but it floated (dried up old wood), so we used a chunk of concrete to weight it down. It worked

My Childhood Experiences

I grew up with a very resourceful father who loved to figure things out. He taught me lots, such as how to raise chickens and ducks, from hatching eggs to them becoming food on our table. Raising our food taught me to empathize with the animals and plants I was caring for. In turn it taught me to deeply respect and appreciate the food we had. After that, I became active observer of all creatures throughout my teenage years. As an adult, I’m a naturalist who is always yearn to learn, understand, and share my learnings through photography.

My parents always let my sister and I experience the realities of life, such as death of family and pets/animals. In fact, my sister and I grew up with plenty of hardships as well. Through these hardships we learned to face situations with creativity and resourcefulness. These life experiences led to developing my creative mindset, giving me the ability to solve and overcome any challenges.

Have a read of the article, would you agree that building empathy in children is important?

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