The Screenagers Podcast

How Self-Compassion Can Make Parenting Easier

In this episode of The Screenagers Podcast, Dr. Delaney Ruston talks to author and psychologist Dr. Kristin Neff, Ph.D., about the power of self-compassion. They discuss the prevalent issue of self-criticism among parents, particularly regarding screen time, and how adopting self-compassion can help navigate such challenges. Dr. Neff and Dr. Ruston share personal parenting experiences along the way. The episode provides practical advice to help listeners, parents, and teens initiate their own self-compassion practice.

episode notes

Featured Expert

Kristin Neff, PhD

Research References

Meeting Suffering With Kindness: Effects of a Brief Self-Compassion Intervention for Female College Students (Journal of Clinical Psychology)

Self-compassion and Psychological Resilience Among Adolescents and Young Adults (Self and Identity)

Development and Validation of the Self-Compassion Scale for Youth (Journal of Personality Assessment)

The Development and Assessment of a Scale to Measure Self Assessment  (Self and Identity)

Additional Links 

Dr. Kristin Neff’s Website 

Two Books by Dr Neff:

Self Compassion: The Proven Power Of Being Kind To Yourself

Fierce Self-Compassion: How Women Can Harness Kindness to Speak Up, Claim Their Power, and Thrive 

Time Code

00:04 Introduction and Personal Reflections

00:26 Understanding Self Compassion

00:48 Interview with Kristin Neff

02:29 Exploring the Concept of Self Compassion

04:59 Applying Self Compassion in Personal Life

05:45 Challenges and Misconceptions about Self Compassion

07:08 Understanding Self Criticism and Negative Self Talk

11:44 Applying Self Compassion in Parenting

12:45 Balancing Fierce and Tender Self Compassion

15:59 Growing Compassion through Personal Struggles

18:08 A Personal Story: Parenting an Autistic Child

20:26 Understanding Autism and Parental Stress

22:05 The Power of Self-Compassion in Parenting

23:08 Practical Steps to Cultivate Self-Compassion

26:56 The Impact of Self-Compassion on Authenticity and Relationships

31:58 Resources and Tools for Self-Compassion

32:42 Conclusion and Final Thoughts

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