Gentle Teaching Stories: “I want my home to be a safe space for my children.”
Since becoming a mother in 2015, Gentle Teaching has always been something that comes to mind when trying to navigate difficult situations at home, like tantrums or sibling arguments. I have found that the most effective ways to deal with my children involve eye contact, gentle touch, a calm voice, and making my kids feel as though I can be a safe space for them to feel their emotions.
This, in my experience, has proven to be the most effective approach at having my children work through their emotions in a positive way. As someone who has personally struggled with anxieties and depression, I can say from personal experience that I am far more likely to respond positively in a situation in which I feel safe, loving, and loved. I think this is true for most people! So, implementing Gentle Teaching into my home life is not just a practice I try and implement now and again, but more of a way of being.
“I want my home to be a safe space, a place of refuge for my children. The four pillars of Gentle Teaching makes achieving the feeling of a safe space very attainable.
My fiancé has also begun to realize that being gentle in our approaches to parenting will result in a lot more positive outcomes! I feel it is engrained in a lot of men that gentleness is “weak,” so showing him that gentleness actually shows a lot of strength has been a really cool part of our journey as parents.
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