Empathic Parenting: The Canadian Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children

Empathy – the capacity to be affected by and respond to how others feel

Empathic Parenting directly influences the development of affection, empathy and trust in infants and toddlers. It is during this developmental period from birth to the age of three that the foundations of these essential human capacities are set.

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A Child’s Voice

Let’s explore how an infant and toddler might view the world around them.

A Parent’s Voice

Exploring the parental issues of influencing a child’s relationship to the world.

A Grandparent’s Voice

What might a Grandparent share about what they have learned as a parent?


Putting theory into action – everyday activities and resources.

From The News

Is Subsidized daycare bad?

A surprising finding from a Quebec study.

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Small Child, Big Worries

Be grateful you can’t climb inside your baby’s brain.

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The Literature

Specific Changes in Brain Structure After Different Forms of Child Abuse

June 1, 2013 — Different forms of childhood abuse [...]

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Educating the Heart as well as the Mind – Social and Emotional Learning for School and Life Success

Published in Education Canada by Kimberly A. Schonert-Reichl [...]

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Empathic Parenting – A Creative Curriculum for Grades 7 & 8

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Reflections & Insights

The soul is healed by being with children.
— Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Idiot
Children need models more than they need critics.
— Joseph Joubert, Pensées
When someone loves you, the way they say your name is different. You know that your name is safe in their mouth.
— Billy – age 4
The work will wait while you show the child the rainbow, but the rainbow won't wait while you do the work.
— Patricia Clafford
Truly wonderful the mind of a child is.
— YODA, Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones
Grandma always made you feel she had been waiting to see just you all day and now the day was complete.
— Marcy DeMaree
Presence is more than just being there.
— Malcolm Forbes
You have a lifetime to work, but children are only young once.
— Polish Proverb
If infants learn what love is, they can go through life with sanity and happiness.
— Herbert Ratner
The level of cooperation parents get from their children is usually equal to the level of connection children feel with their parents.
— Pam Leo