Connection paves the way for strong relationships, healthy empowered discipline and learning opportunities. The more we connect with our children in times of struggle, the safer they feel expressing to us their struggles. As our children grow we want them to be able to come to us with their problems. We must cultivate connection as our first response, so that we can be trusted by them to hold space. Witnessing their emotions and allowing them to feel is challenging in our “quick-fix” bandaid the issue culture. Empathy and connection is a skill and it takes practice to embody.