Relational Book for Parenting, Part 5: Tracking the Powerful Influence of Context

Understanding the role of context helps our kids to take a wider view of their relationships

Part 5: Taking context into account is a central capacity for understanding the ups and downs of our relationships.

From our book, The Relational Book for Parenting.

Our children have the capacity to consider the circumstances that inform others’ actions.

Asking our young children to consider what others might be feeling is a basic but profound introduction to context. When we say, “maybe Sarah had a bad day at school” or “maybe Robby isn’t feeling very confident about sports” we are suggesting that other influences may be informing events that impact us. When we ask our little ones to consider what another child might be feeling, we grow our children’s relational capacity to track and consider the larger context in which our relationships are embedded.

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OUR SERIES:

The Relational Book for Parenting, Part 1: Where Are Our Feelings Created?

The Relational Book for Parenting, Part 2: Labeling Our Emotions

The Relational Book for Parenting, Part 3: Witnessing Our Children’s Difficult Emotions

The Relational Book for Parenting, Part 4: We Live the Stories We Tell

The Relational Book for Parenting, Part 5: Tracking the Powerful Influence of Context

The Relational Book for Parenting, Part 6: Why Is Play The Answer for Businesses and Families Alike?

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Mark Greene

Working toward a culture of healthy masculinity. Links to our books, podcasts, Youtube and more: http://linktr.ee/RemakingManhood.