Weekend Reading | May 8

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Below is a collection of various blog posts meant to encourage, inspire or educate. Grab a steaming mug of hot liquid this weekend and steal away to a quiet corner for some quick reads.

Empathy makes difficult feelings much less difficult

Sometimes the stress builds up in the family and everyone is affected.  When feelings build up and weigh a child down, even the simplest requests can feel overwhelming for them.  At these times children’s emotional needs become very high, but instead of asking for extra hugs and connection, they’re more likely to become grumpy with all around them.

Her story is pretty funny, but the lesson at the end will change the way you think about blaming.

“How many of you go that place when a bad thing happens? The first thing you want to know is whose fault is it.
I’d rather it be my fault than no one’s fault. Because why? Why? Because it gives us some semblance of control.” 

Twenty Alternatives to Punishment

note from the moderator: Some of the terms used in this post differ from trust-based parenting vocab so they may ruffle feathers at first, but the principles can be linked back to connected parenting.

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