Self Compassion: Teaching Kids To Practice Self-Love and Self-Care

Kiddie Matters
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Self-compassion is when we show ourselves kindness during times of suffering and failure. It's our ability to acknowledge and accept our flaws and limitations with loving kindness. Unfortunately, some teens routinely beat themselves up and are overly critical of themselves when they make mistakes.

Our society puts great emphasis on being flawless. Take a look at social media and the vast array of filters teens can use to alter their imperfections. They are constantly bombarded with photo-shopped images online and in magazines. All of this sends adolescents the message that flaws should be hidden and not accepted.

They are conditioned to believe that they need to be 'fixed' or altered in order to be worthy. If left unchecked they can carry this belief into adulthood.

When teens practice self-compassion, they are better able to deal with stress and overcome failures. They learn to let go of wanting to be perfect. This allows them to cope with the many obstacles life throws their way.

These self-compassion discussion cards are designed to help teens develop an understanding of what self-compassion is and how to practice it. They cover topics such as self-care and mindfulness. They also remind teens that suffering and failure are a part of life.

This resource includes:
36 Self-Compassion Discussion Cards
List of 80+ Self-Care Activities for Teens

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