The week's best parenting advice: March 22, 2022

Teaching children to seek forgiveness, how to spot disordered eating, and more

Forgiveness.
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1. Teaching children to seek forgiveness

Forcing a kid apologize is one thing, but teaching them to sincerely apologize and seek forgiveness is another, writes Christian Dashiell in Fatherly. Before parents can teach their child about giving and receiving forgiveness, they'll need to help their them "think introspectively about their own mental state and be able to consider the mental state of others," Dashiell writes. One way to develop these so-called "theory of mind" skills is to ask kids to explain the differing perspectives of characters in a movie or story. It's also important to encourage kids to build a habit of identifying commonalities with other kids, which "can help them develop connections that facilitate forgiveness." And when it's time for an apology, don't just ask the child to give one — begin a conversation between the kids, allowing both to share their perception of what happened and how they feel about it.

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