Expert Tips On Mindful Parenting (For Everything Motherhood Throws At You)
13. Validate Feelings
Let your kids feel. Dr. Kuzirian advised, "Accept your feelings, accept your child's feelings. Recognize that urge to fix this for your child and then let it go. By accepting your own feelings about the crisis you are better able to choose how you express them. You can take more ownership of them, in a way that people practicing self-compassion are better able to do, and model for your children that it is absolutely appropriate to have feelings about what is going on around them. Here is an example of how to express your feelings, so you can acknowledge how difficult the situation is: 'I'm sad we had to leave Benji at the animal shelter because he's such an important part of our family but the shelter is the safest place for him right now.'"