I am a big believer in parenting in a way that works best for you and your family. I am also a big believer in treating children with respect, love, and empathy. Because we live in a “social” world, children’s pictures tend to be on many of our accounts – Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. It’s great because we are able
to stay connected to family and friends that are often miles and miles away. However, I am asking you, as the adult in the child’s life, to refrain from posting pictures on social media of your child having a “meltdown.” Here’s why – in that moment, your child is genuinely upset because something has happened. It may seem insignificant to the adult because it could be that they wanted something that they didn’t get, but, to the child, in that moment, it’s hard. Take that moment to hug them and hear them. That doesn’t mean they have to get what they wanted or asked for. You can still listen and understand, but remain consistent with what you have said. Imagine a picture of you going out to even 20 of your friends where you are crying and look absolutely devastated. We want
children to demonstrate empathy – we’re fortunate because, as the adult, we can model and demonstrate on it on a daily basis. ~Marena Mitchell, Speech-Language Pathologist
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Marena Mitchell is a speech-language pathologist
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