* * * * Re-blogging this one in tune with some of what we’ve been talking about on our empathy parenting ecourse — Parenting on the Same Team — focussing a little on the subject of assuming the best about our children and their intentions and potential(s), and being conscientious about what we communicate to them about them and our love for them. * * * *
Here’s a question worth considering — What do you think of your child?
Here’s a more important one — What does your child think you think of him/her?
The two are related but not at all the same thing. Certainly, the answer you give to the first will not be the same as the answer your kid(s) would give to the second. The greatest value of both, however, lies in the difference between them.
It’s worth considering what we think of our children for more than a few reasons, but a few of them are as follows:
- Without considering it, we may be feeling something we haven’t yet been fully aware that we were feeling — adoration, esteem, admiration, contempt, sadness, distrust.
- Calling it to our own attention, gives us the opportunity to choose a perspective from any number of possibilities, rather than being swept up into a stream of…
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