Give Yourself a Hug

Do you know who needs a hug right now? You. And while hugs may be a no-go due to social distancing, you can trade in self-criticism for self-compassion. It’s stressful to juggle all the roles you normally play—such as parenting and working—at the same time. You’re figuring it out as you go, and you won’t always get it right on the first try. You can help your teen learn self-compassion by mirroring it in front of them. Admit your mistakes and ask for forgiveness, and then tell them that you forgive yourself, too. You’re doing the best you can.

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About Melissa Ford

Melissa Ford is the senior strategist at Women Online. As a writer, she covers a diverse range of topics including education, health, technology, and parenting. She is also the mother of amazing twin teens.

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