“Assets” represent the building blocks for thriving youth, families, and community —- everyday things that anyone can do to support our youth … and everyone can be an “Asset Builder”!
December’s Life is Good Superpower is Compassion! AND the TTC Asset Connection is… Asset #37: Personal Power – Child has a growing sense of having influence over some of the things that happen in her or his life.
TTC Asset Tip: Personal Power starts with Self-Compassion!
According to the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, “Self compassion is learning to extend understanding, compassion and encouragement to yourself when things don’t go your way, treating yourself the way you would a close and treasured friend.” Self-compassion is associated with resilience, enhanced energy levels, creativity and general life success.
Wondering how to help foster self-compassion in your children? Here are 3 ideas from the National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children (TLC) :
- Self-Hug– Say to a small child, “Remember how when someone hugs us, it makes us feel better? Let’s practice hugging ourselves so that when we feel bad, we can remember how much we love ourselves and each other.” Ask an older child to put their hand on their heart as a way to self-sooth. Talk about how it feels.