Conflict Perspective

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.

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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?

Wayne+Dyer+change+quoteI 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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I am a writer, handworker, artist and teacher (a WHAT!), and a mom of two beautiful daughters who are amazingly 17 and 21. I am working on getting my first book, a fantasy novel for young people, published and am busy spinning on my new spinning wheel. I have been a Waldorf early childhood teacher for 10 years now, and before that, I was a lawyer. Teaching is much more fun.

2 thoughts on “Conflict Perspective

  1. Thank you, Susan, for sharing my post. I am a Waldorf teacher on Whidbey Island, Washington. We will be hosting the Northwest WECAN Conference February 17 – 19. If you are interested in attending, let me know and I will send you more information.

    • Hi Vanessa,
      I probably won’t make it out that way for the conference–it’s a long way from Chicago, although I love that part of the country. Do you know the Ramirez’s? I think that’s where they live. At any rate, I’ll look at the conference on the WECAN website. I really enjoyed reading your post. It’s something I talk about a lot with the parents in my class and it’s beautifully written!

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