Seeing Eye To Eye

by Scott Noelle

As an adult, it’s easy to forget how you felt when you were little. So getting down to your child’s level can do wonders for your empathic connection.

When you kneel or sit down on the ground close to your child, you see what s/he sees — you literally “see eye to eye.” This can be especially comforting for a younger child who normally stands like a diminutive sprout in a forest of towering elders. The move is felt as a gesture of respect and partnership.

Improve Your Groove

Today, look for opportunities to get down low with your child and see a kid’s-eye view of life. You can do it to enhance your connection to each other, or to restore harmony when a conflict has erupted.

When you consistently demonstrate that you understand and appreciate your child’s point of view, s/he’ll be more receptive to seeing yours.

Originally published on 2007-03-07
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