We so often discuss the importance of compassion for others. But what about compassion for ourselves? Self-compassion is key to kindness and gratitude for others. So, how can we shift compassion inward and teach our children to do the same?
Developmental psychologist and Mom Enough co-host, Dr. Marti Erickson, was on KARE 11 to discuss the importance of teaching children to love and forgive themselves through self-compassion, which benefits children and others. Children who have self-compassion are more likely to extend that compassion to others and less likely to develop perfectionist tendencies, which can drive anxiety.
WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT SELF-COMPASSION?
❉ BUILDING SELF-COMPASSION IN CHILDREN: KEYS TO KINDNESS, GRATITUDE AND COMPASSION FOR OTHERS. Dr. Shilagh Mirgain, a health and sport psychologist at the University of Wisconsin discusses how to help your children develop compassion for themselves and others, recognizing the common humanity, vulnerability and imperfection we all share. Learn concrete steps you can take today to help your children be more grateful, kind and mindful in their daily lives. Tune into this episode.
❉ WHY SELF-COMPASSION IS ESSENTIAL TO SENSITIVE PARENTING. Emmy Reilly, doctoral candidate at the Institute of Child Development at the University of Minnesota, joins Marti and Erin to discuss research on the important connection between self-compassion and parenting. She shares insights and tips on using self-compassion to support our parenting, and includes a good dose of research to back up her findings. You won’t want to miss her wisdom on the value of turning the dial of compassion inward.