You’ve told your kid “a million times” and frustration is rising. What if there was another way to see the situation? Here’s a 90-second tip for parents to use empathy to diffuse conflict and frustration.
To build more joy, peace and connection with our children, emotional intelligence helps us tune into our feelings and reactions. We all learn ways of reacting – as we become more skilled in noticing our automatic, recurring reactions we open the door to do something more powerful: Respond.
Like many of us, I learned to push feelings away. My 2-year-old “encouraged” me to find a new approach, and it “magically” changed our struggle into a beautiful connection. Now if I can just remember to keep practicing this!
Shaming Walter Palmer and Cecil the Lion are all over social media this week. What is shame, and is shaming a force for positive change?
If we want to become more intentional and carefully RESPOND to the challenges we face each day, we need to understand the surprising process of learning – it’s not just like riding a bike!