Short Stories for Kids - on empathy in friendship

Short Story One

Once upon a time, there was a young girl named Mandip who lived in a small village on the edge of a forest. Everyone in the village was very friendly and welcoming, but Mandip often felt lonely and out of place. One day, while walking through the forest, Mandip stumbled across a small pond. Sitting at the edge of the pond was an old woman, who had been crying. Mandip asked the woman why she was crying, and the woman replied that she was so lonely and had no one to talk to. Mandip felt a deep sense of empathy for this woman and decided to sit with her and listen to her story. As the old woman began to tell her story, Mandip noticed how the woman's eyes lit up and a small smile crept onto her face. Mandip listened to the woman's story and offered her a few words of comfort. Before Mandip left, the old woman hugged her and thanked her for listening and for understanding her plight. Mandip had learned a valuable lesson that day; by showing empathy to the old woman, she had been able to help her feel less alone and more connected to the world. From that day forward, Mandip made it her mission to show empathy to others as well and before the end of the year Mandip had many friends.

Short Story Two

Once upon a time, there was a young girl named Rachael who lived in a small village. She was a compassionate and kind-hearted person, and she was always looking for ways to help those around her. One day, while Rachael was in the village market, she saw a young boy sobbing in the corner. She asked him what was wrong and the boy told her that his family was very poor and could not afford to buy him new clothes for school. Rachael immediately felt great empathy for the boy and wanted to help him. She asked the boy to come with her, and she took him to a local store and bought him some new clothes. The boy was so grateful for Rachael's kindness and empathy, and from that day forward, Rachael became known throughout the village as the kindest and most compassionate person. Everyone in the village looked up to her and admired her for her generous spirit and selflessness. Rachael taught the village a valuable lesson that day; that by showing empathy and kindness to others, we can make the world a better place. The little boy and his family always stayed in touch with Rachel and in time the little boy and Rachel were the best of friends and playmates

Moral of the Story:

If we want to make new friends we should have empathy, listen to others and try and be as helpful as possible

A note to parents:

Short Stories are a great way to build empathy in kids and also a great way to build conversations with kids. If you are looking for ways to build conversations with kids outside the screen, do take a look at ours Maps, Posters and Flashcards


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