(Empathic Parenting) (Michele Borba) How to Use Empathy to Avoid Meltdowns in 6 Easy Steps 

 Learn these simple steps and more in my book UnSelfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World.

Model calmness. Your child’s best template for learning self-regulation is you. So how do you act in front of your kids after a hard day? When you’re driving with your children and another car cuts in front of you? When the bank says you’re overdrawn? Your kids are watching, so make sure your behavior is what you want them to copy…

Tune in to your child. How does your child handle stress? If he has a stressful experience or sees another in distress does he:…

 

Identify body alarms…

 

Create a quiet space...Find a place to help your family decompress…

 

Make a Stress Box. My friends at the Thompson Child and Family Focus developed a Stress Box to teach students self-regulation….

 

Teach a self-regulation strategy. Each child needs a calming strategy that works for him….

 

by MICHELE BORBA