Thoughts on fostering growth through empathy
- a blog for parents -
One of the hardest things about offering our children empathy through their difficult emotions is tolerating our own distress.
When our children are having difficult feelings, we will inevitably be triggered and struggle to remain calm as we try to remain present and engage them with empathy.
So what do we do?
We stop. We breathe. And we try to remember what we value most and how our values inform the way we choose to "be" as parents.
We do our best to "stay calm" when our child can't.
We do our best to remain warmly responsive, available, and present.
How do you tolerate the distress you experience when your child struggles so you can remain "be with" your child's emotions?