During challenging moments, how do you choose when to empathize & connect, to set boundaries, or to teach a skill/lesson to the child?
I asked this question in our membership community, the Emotion Guide Collective, and we had a great discussion around what informs our decisions in the moment.
When children are struggling, it can be difficult to figure out how best to respond.
Our minds start whirling through our mental toolbox.
If your inner talk is anything like mine, it may sound something like this: “This strategy? No, this one. Well, that bombed. How about this one? What should I do? Nothing’s working! Aaargh!”
Having a framework of how to decide which strategy to choose in different situations keeps me from flailing about trying all the strategies hoping one sticks like spaghetti on a wall and the problem subsides.
Here are the three questions I ask myself that make up my decision making framework:
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