2. Compassion in Action

Introduction

In this section we will look at how to act with compassion in response to a someone’s distress. It turns out that coming from a mindset of compassion greatly adds to our ability to parent and our own life satisfaction. Our goal is to be able to lessen our child’s distress while maintaining our well-being.

Simply put, compassion is concern for the well-being of others. It includes both the awareness of others’ distress and a desire to lessen it. At the same time that we want to lessen another’s distress, we also understand that we cannot “fix” another person’s pain. This section helps us explore what compassion looks like in action.



Applications

Circle Agenda

Circle Agenda for Section 2, In-Person   Spanish Version
Use this agenda if you are leading your group in a session in-person.

Circle Agenda for Section 2, Virtual   Spanish Version
Use this agenda if you are leading your group in a session virtually.

Handouts to Support Content Covered in Circle Agenda

Compassionate Action Steps   Spanish Version
It is helpful to have a few copies of this visual in the center of the circle for every remaining section.

Emotional Regulation Plans   Spanish Version

Strategies to Keep Calm   Spanish Version

“Just Like Me” Cards   Spanish Version
These are formatted so you can print four cards to a page. This format helps when printing these for a group of participants.

“Just Like Me” Cards for Sharing Virtually
This document has the “Just Like Me” activity formatted to a full page, best for when sharing this exercise with people virtually.