'Emotional Attunement': How to Create Deep Connection with Your Little One

In my practice (and in my life), we talk a lot about validating feelings. It's that process where you deeply see and hear another human being for how they are feeling. As therapist, we are trained to do it. Unfortunately, it hard to most of us to sit with the emotion of another person because we're not comfortable with our own emotions. But this is what we need to change. Tuning into another human beings emotions creates a profound shift in our ability to be vulnerable, to feel seen and to move in a direction of deeper connection. Carrying around our feelings without having them seen by others creates deep shame and disconnection with self. For children, validating emotions is particularly