A less obvious (but equally important!) is how to tend to our child’s feelings and thoughts.
Generally, the focus of efforts for caring for our children is centered upon the child’s physical needs and responding to their behaviors. This is understandable, we want to make sure that our kids are fed, physically safe, well-rested, well-behaved.
The video with Dr. Daniel Siegel is about the importance of attending to a child’s inner life. The inner live looks at their thoughts and feelings. Focusing on a child’s thoughts and feelings is important for building empathy, compassion, emotional regulation, and social skills.