SHARING OUR COMMON HUMANITY
When we hear the other person’s feelings and needs, we recognize our common humanity. ~ Dr Marshall Rosenberg
More than anything, your children want to be heard.
Listening to them with a focus on their feelings and needs is the essence of empathy. Empathy is giving the gift of your presence — without judgment, analysis, suggestions, stories or any motivation to fix things.
When you empathize with your children, you listen for their feelings and needs even, and especially, when their words sound like criticism, blame or judgment. It is at these times that they (like all of us) need empathy the most.
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