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Can You Feel Me? Empathy through Role-play

The generation gap between parents and their children often leaves one thought on the minds of children: You don’t know what it’s like!

As adults, it’s easy to forget the trials and tribulations of childhood. This often leads to a disconnection such as the one portrayed in the scenario above. While not seeing eye-to-eye is par for a parent-child relationship, continued disconnections can lead to a larger rift. One resolution is to increase the empathy in your relationship with role-playing.

It may seem silly at first, but role-playing can open up new and unexpected dialogue between your and your kids. Role-playing allows open communication without real vulnerability or threat. In other words, it creates a safe space where dialogue and feelings open up. Start with small, simple scenarios and progress to more issues as time goes on.

Watch the video above to learn more!

One Response to Can You Feel Me? Empathy through Role-play

  1. GaneenJ January 4, 2013 at 3:36 pm #

    I tried this with my daughter and we were both in stitches! It actually helped open up the conversation. I also tried it with my son, not as successfully… he was sarcastic for most of the role-playing, but I have to say, we still had a bit of a breakthrough moment. Thanks, Neutrino! 🙂

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