Choosing kindness strengthens relationships, increases resilience and promotes emotional non-fragility, helps us solve problems, and is a choice that leads to happiness. Many parents tell me that they hope for their child to develop kindness. Indeed, kindness is a characteristic that develops.
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King Benjamin said things that made you wonder if he ever had children: "neither will ye suffer that they transgress the laws of God, and fight and quarrel one with another, (Mosiah 4:14)" Zero-tolerance for quarreling??? Is such contention-free family life even possible?
I have five children in the public school system in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area, and for this reason I thought it would be prudent to take a look at my county’s SEL guidelines and curriculum. Before I share my story, let me give you a little background on SEL in case you’re unfamiliar with it.
Many young people experience anxiety, isolation, and depression that can turn into unhealthy coping strategies when they don't feel prepared to succeed in adulthood. And, many parents watching their young adult children struggle can get caught up in conflict, drama, angst, and struggle as they launch their teens into adulthood.
During this time of social and ideological confusion, it’s vital that parents remember who they are and take deliberate steps to help heal the suffering that their children are experiencing because of this socially perpetuated epidemic of improper parent/child attachment.