Four Powerful Ways to Raise Courageous Children in 2017
After a divisive 2016, connecting and communicating with our young and adult children is more important than ever. We all want to raise courageous, confident children who can wholeheartedly navigate this beautiful and messy life. Here are four powerful ways you can practice courage with your child in 2017:
1. Develop EMOTIONAL LITERACY first in yourself and then with your child.
Emotional literacy is a critical component of raising our kids because the more accurately we can name an emotion, the quicker we can move through it and address it.
2. Use CREATIVE ACTIVITIES to embed the lessons you are teaching your child.
If we want to make meaning, we need to make art. Cook, write, draw, doodle, paint, scrapbook, take pictures, collage, knit, rebuild and engine, sculpt, dance, decorate, act, sing – it doesn’t matter. As long as we are creating, we’re cultivating meaning.
3. Know the difference between SHAME AND GUILT to help your child develop healthy self-talk.
Shame – I am bad. Guilt – I did something bad.
4. Teach your child HOW TO TREAT HERSELF OR HIMSELF (and others) by modeling self-compassion.
We can encourage our children to love themselves, but the strongest lesson they see is how we treat ourselves every day. Our work is to model self-kindness.
How are you connecting with your family and children in 2017? Share in the comments below.
These video clips are from The Gifts of Imperfect Parenting: A Wholehearted Revolution.
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