I was just speaking with the parent of two young boys about Simplicity Parenting and Compassionate Response. It’s a powerful meditation to alter one’s relationship with another. I’ve used it with myself, too, during a time when I was being especially hard on myself and it really helped me accept myself.
It is not easy to know how to support our children through challenging moments — but luckily we have a lot of practice… daily. Our children demand attention, melt down at dinnertime and fight with siblings and peers. Little ones who are still not talking find other ways to express their wants and desires. And if we can’t understand what they mean, they will show us physically or by screaming. It is difficult to be present in these moments and know how to help empower our child to work through a conflict. It can sometimes seem our children are asking for our help at the same time they are pushing us away. What can we do?
I recently met with a group of parents to discuss how to support young children during moments of conflict. I opened the talk with a simple exercise — Standing up, hold your hand in…
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