Thoughts on fostering growth through empathy
- a blog for parents -
Consider for a moment what you needed when you felt joyful and happy. What did you need from people who cared about you?
If you were anything like me, you wanted people to be joyful and happy WITH you! You wanted to share that joy with others and have others feel joyful too.
But, if you're honest, you'll also admit that, particularly when you were a child, you weren't necessarily able to share that joy with others and have them feel joyful with you. Why? They couldn't.
Maybe they were tired, sad, anxious, angry, overwhelmed, or feeling any number of uncomfortable feelings at the time.
Maybe your joy was too loud and rambunctious for them and they asked you to tone it down.
Maybe they were uncomfortable with joy as an emotion.
"What?!", you're thinking, "Who could possibly be uncomfortable with joy??"
But some people are.
Some families are.
More often than you'd imagine.
How comfortable are you sharing in your child's joy?