I've been struggling between the trying to instill empathy and kindness in my daughter and not trying impose strict manners and politeness rules on her. I'm walking the line between respectful parenting and respectability politics. But, I know there has got to an appropriate balance. So, I called in my favorite parenting podcaster, Melitsa Avila. She gives me 10 Social Life Skills that can help all of us guide our kids as they navigate social interactions. We talk about everything from helping them cope with being judged by the color of their skin to showing them how to disagree and/or apologize to people in an appropriate way. This episode is long, and it's worth taking notes!
- You can find a TON of Melitsa's useful tips about raising school aged children on her podcast Growing Nimble Families
- She has also created lots of Character Conversation Cards to help families get the hang of discussing tricky topics with each other.
- Check out Melitsa's Twitter page for a million more ideas and inspirational parenting tips. (@melitsaavila)
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