What do you do when you hear a child say negative things like, “I’m stupid,” “I suck,” “I can’t do anything right,” or “I’m worthless”? 

It’s a new year and new episodes of the Better Together podcast! Today’s episode is a critical conversation for all parents and anyone with influence in a child, teen or young adult’s life. 

Here’s our question: How do we teach a child to get back up again emotionally after getting knocked down by failure, a mistake, bullying or careless words?

There’s one skill that we must teach our kids because it’s not a skill that they learn naturally. Unfortunately, it’s a skill that too many adults don’t know how to use either. But, we can learn!

Today’s Better Together Podcast guest is marriage and family expert, Kim Fredrickson. She’s the author of the new book, Give Your Kids a Break: Parenting with Compassion for You and Your Children. You are invited to be part of this critical dialogue that’s needed now, more than ever!

Here’s what you’ll learn about today:

  • Why self-compassion is the key to bouncing back quickly from mistakes;
  • How to use the language of self-compassion;
  • The important difference between self-compassion and self-pity;
  • Compassionate words to say to yourself as a parent when you make a mistake with your kids

I’m passionate about today’s conversation because I’ve read Kim’s books and I use the language of self-compassion with myself. Self-compassion helps me to get to the heart of my mistakes, own my mistakes, overcome any shame or guilt and not beat myself up.

After you listen to today’s podcast, I’m going to ask you to do the following:

First, share this episode with your mom and dad friends. Everyone needs to hear this message. Second, get Kim’s book, Give Your Kids a Break, for more practical advice and help. She has a 1-2-3 Start List for beginning the self-compassion conversation with your kids.

Links from today’s show

Kim’s website (You can find her on social media from her website.)

Give Your Kids a Break by Kim Fredrickson  

Give Yourself a Break by Kim Fredrickson (download first chapter for free!)

CONVERSATION TIME! What did you hear on Kim’s podcast that you helped you or encouraged you? Leave a comment below!


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