Parenting is a big job with many challenges. It’s good to have support along the way.
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|Nobody’s Perfect||September 20 – October 18||Wednesday 1:30 – 3:00|
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|How to Talk so Kids will Listen||April 18 – June 6||Wednesday 1:30 – 3:00|
Self-compassion vs self-esteem
Many parents and parenting classes emphasize the importance of building children’s sense of positive self-esteem. We want our children to feel good about themselves, to be confidant and aware of their power. But with a slight change in how we look at the issue we may be able to help our children be more accepting and forgiving toward themselves.
One of two things happens when we try to convince them that they are the best. One, they believe us and don’t have realistic expectations of themselves and others. Or two, they are pretty sure we are lying, because they don’t feel like ‘the best’. A better teaching might be ‘You’re a great person, and when you blow it, you will be able to learn from the situation.’ Here is what Dr. Kristin Neff has found out about self-esteem in her research.
“What scientists have found may surprise you. Developing self-compassion actually beats building self-esteem in reducing anxiety and the effects of stress. Professor Kristin Neff (University of Texas-Austin) is a pioneer in self-compassion research. She defines self-compassion as consisting of three key parts:
This information comes from the website ‘Reaching In. . . Reaching Out’ in their newsletter – Issue 37
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