How To Be An Empathetic Parent Even When It Feels Hard

Being more empathetic is one of my parenting and personal goals this year, so I started digging more deeply into this concept to understand how to put empathy into action….

The thing is, though, I know how to be empathetic — as a psychotherapist and parenting educator, I teach others how to do it.

Empathy is a parenting cornerstone, it provides the foundation for emotional development in children.

Some days, even though I know how to do it, it takes a long time for my own instructions to turn into action. I have stared at my melting-down children and glazed over, momentarily not even caring how they felt.

Andrea Nair