Natalie Nixon’s three I’s can be applied to parenting. As parents, we can engage in all three of these strategies but equally important, we can coach our children to practice these skills. Moreover, these skills are what maintain a humble mindset. Our egos are kept in check. The ultimate result is that we further develop our ability to understand and empathize with others.
As a teacher and parent, what did I want for the young people in my life? I wanted them to learn to build strong positive relationships in their lives. My goal was to help facilitate this positive growth mindset. I found myself constantly having discussions with our sons or the students to choose to disengage from their emotions then try to step away from a situation and think of what the other person might be thinking or perceiving. I found myself referencing the Stephen Covey training I received that encouraged, “Seeking to Understand”. Empathy is where we can begin to make effective choices in nurturing positive bonds.