For example, my one year old has not yet learned to speak. Therefore, to communicate he often points to items or babbles trying to say the first letter of the word. With him, I strive to create connections, using eye contact, creating that warmth through hugs and positive interactions. If I am not able to understand what he is trying to communicate, on occasion he will melt down and become frustrated. I then get down to his level, picking him up, and being there for him. He is just figuring out his body and strength. I try to nurture positive physical behaviours like throwing a ball, walking, and have fun with splashing in the tub. Gentle Teaching has really given me a different perspective on so many things, while giving me even more patience and empathy to meet everyone where they are.
It is honestly difficult to put into words how much Gentle Teaching has impacted myself as a parent. Getting rid of those unnecessary power struggles and stopping to respond rather than react during times of struggle is something that has had a big impact on myself and my family.