Putting myself in other people’s shoes is an effective way to understand and unstuck an issue. It works, and I love it.
But when I try to apply this approach with my kids, I fail most of the time. Adults (at least me) and kids do not feel alike. For example, watching the same cartoon five times (and never finishing it) is not something I easily relate to. It is a pity because I get frustrated and do not enjoy a shared activity. The same happens when a board game becomes a throwing contest (Noooo!, the window! Noooooo!).
When I manage to get over my frustration, stop thinking about my phone and focus on my little one’s feelings, the results are always excellent (like a big hug). But it is hard.
If you are like me, then you are not alone, we are at least two :)