5 Tips For Parents – Archana Siddhi Devi Dasi

2nd TIP – Validate your child’s feelings

Sometimes we become upset hearing our children express strong negative feelings about themselves or others. If a child says, “I hate myself,” we may reply, “You don’t really feel like that,” or “That isn’t true.” Children who frequently have their feelings denied lose confidence in their ability to identify them. Denying their feelings also inhibits children from exploring the reasons they have them. It is more helpful to validate children’s feelings by reflecting back what they say to you. “You feel like everybody hates you today.” In general, this allows the child to express what happened or what thoughts that led to those feelings.

(Excerpt from the newsletter Real Family Life with Krsna by ISKCON Congregational Development Ministry

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