[DAY 5] Using empathy to connect.
Today is DAY 5, and it's all about empathy.
Empathy is your first-aid for negativity. When you're calm, it's a no-brainer. Holding off on logic to allow kids to process their feelings can be more difficult when you're stressed, and your self-care is lacking.
What gets in your way of using empathy to connect and stay calm as your child processes their feelings?
In today's personal discovery exercise, I want you to investigate your unconscious fears.
STEP 5: Download and save the Judgment to Empathy worksheet below.
Follow the examples to investigate your own fears and reactions and re-write them into statements of empathy.
Right-click to download and save the Judgment to Empathy Worksheet to your computer.
When your tolerance is low, you may unconsciously use empathy to try and get what you want - compliance.
But empathy isn't a tool for control.
Empathy doesn't replace punishment.
Empathy nurtures the part of the brain that regulates impulse control, problem-solving, thoughtfulness, and consideration.
If you want to grow that part of the brain, you have to stimulate it - over and over. And then, be patient as your child's maturity unfolds.
I've got a special guest coming up next for you! Until then, come share your fears and judgments with us in the Facebook group.