This post on LiteMind is about Daniel Pink's new book, A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future. I've definitely added this book to my list. It's one thing to know why it's beneficial as a parent and even the words to use, but if you are already lacking some of that natural empathy, this looks like a great place to start for tips on how to boost those skills.
Leo Babauta, author of Zen Habits wrote a post on being compassionate towards children. He references Taking Children Seriously, which was new to me. I can see I'm going be spending some significant time on that site. Check out his blog recommendations at the bottom of the article and further reading.