Teaching Empathy on Valentine’s Day

Teaching Empathy on Valentine’s DayValentine’s Day creates a lot of excitement for children and students, and of course, there are plenty of teachable moments around during the day. As a teacher you might cover the history of the holiday, some Valentine’s Day-themed math, or a fun heart-shaped art project. The opportunities are endless. But Valentine’s Day is also a great time to talk with your children about compassion and caring. Whether you are a parent, grandparent, or a teacher, Valentine’s Day is a perfect opportunity to teach valuable lessons to those precious children who are dependent on you to help mold their character for life.

“Empathy” is a habit we can cultivate to improve the quality of our own lives. It is also the ability to step into the shoes of another person, aiming to understand their feelings and perspectives, and to use that understanding to guide our actions. Valentine’s Day certainly stirs feelings and emotions in all of us. We all have different tastes and desires. Empathy is about discovering those tastes in others and respecting the differences that each of us possesses.

Learning about empathy on Valentine’s Day can become a reality through the giving of a very special gift, The Tales of the Kingdom Trilogy which is a beautifully illustrated fairy tales collection used to teach life lessons to those who read them as well as the younger children to whom they are being read. Since old and young alike need to develop this habit of empathy these fictional, inspirational stories can be just the gift you may be looking for this Valentine’s Day.

You can be assured that your understanding of others will be enhanced and your actions towards those who may be different from you will take on more meaning. Interestingly and excitedly you can find out how this life lesson is learned by acquiring The Tales of the Kingdom Trilogy.

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Time for a Spiritual Health Assessment

Time for a Spiritual Health AssessmentHow long has it been since you had a “physical?” Valentine’s Day is a good time for a spiritual health assessment.

Every one of us needs an occasional visit to the doctor for a checkup to make sure everything is working alright and that we don’t have an unknown serious health condition. From the outside things look pretty good, but a fatal condition may be hiding on the inside.

The same is true of our spiritual lives. As we go through life, we often miss clues that our spirit is not enjoying the good health that God created it for. Just as our doctor orders tests to diagnose potential physical problems, God has given us a process of evaluating spiritual conditions in our lives.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control” (Galatians 5: 22-23). Each of these is a characteristic which should be active in our daily spiritual activities to keep us spiritually healthy.

While we buy those products which keep us physically healthy, so we should do the same for our spiritual health. As Valentine’s Day approaches our thoughts turn to gifts of lasting value which show our love for the ones for whom we designate our gifts. The Tales of the Kingdom Trilogy is one of the best gifts to nourish the spiritual needs of each person. The beautifully illustrated fairy tales are a collection of life lessons which shape character in each of us. The Trilogy are fictional, inspirational stories which can teach those characteristics by which we can assess our spiritual health.

The Tales of the Kingdom Trilogy is that gift which will benefit that special person or those special people we care about not only physically, but spiritually. Children of all ages, as well as adults, will be able to use this assessment tool for many years to come.

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