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Empathy with Sarah Rosensweet


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This is episode 69 and today I’m here with Sarah Rosensweet talking about empathy.

Sarah Rosensweet is a certified peaceful parenting coach, podcaster, and educator. She lives in Toronto with her husband and two big kids (ages 14 & 17- Her 20 year old is now on his own!) Peaceful parenting is a non-punitive, connection-based approach that uses firm limits with lots of empathy. Sarah works one-on-one virtually with parents all over the world to help them go from frustrated and overwhelmed to, “We’ve got this!” Read more at: or listen to her top-rated parenting podcast, The Peaceful Parenting Podcast, wherever you get your podcasts!

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The Sage Family Village has been one of my favorite things about 2021. The community we’ve created there, the growth that happens in that space . . . well, Elmien said it better than I can:

“I see this village as my adopted family. I am literally the only person I know that tries to be a gentler parent. It can feel so isolating and lonely at times, but knowing that I’m a part of this village makes me feel that I ‘belong’ and that I am not alone. This Village is my saving grace! (for real). I feel so much love here. The thoughtful, emphatic and kind way that you, Janne and others respond to posts are so special. Being a part of this community helps me to be brave. It helps me to have the courage to advocate for my kid and to ‘swim upstream’, knowing that I have you all to support me. This Village is a safe haven for me.”

And so, I’ve decided to invest even more of myself into the Village in the coming year, expanding the Bonfire (our monthly live group coaching call) from 60 to 90 minutes, expanding the community forum to include short videos from me on whatever issues you all are wrestling with in the group, and elevating Janne into a leadership role that ensures that even on a day when I’m present with my family in the real world, there are timely and high quality responses pouring into the Village. 

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Impact: We explain how an empathetic response impacts the trajectory of an intense moment, both for our child and for us.

Modeling: We walk through how as parents we often fixate on teaching our kids how to be empathetic toward others and why it’s so challenging for us to extend that same empathy to our children (and to ourselves) in hard moments.

Boundaries: We go over how empathy can serve us and our child when we need to hold a firm boundary.

Intention: We offer advice for not trying to use empathy as a tactic.

Mindset: We give some tools that can help us come from a place of empathy in our parenting and in the rest of our relationships.

Integrity: We share some stories from our own lives that highlight the power of raising children with empathy and how our own children have embodied that value as young adults.


We answer the question, “What is the best way to support a child having a meltdown in public or in front of members of the extended family? I always try to validate feelings and my kiddo knows that ALL emotions are welcome as I try to hold space for all her feelings. I honestly do not care about what other people think but people are sometimes judgy towards my kiddo in the midst of a meltdown and THAT I don’t like. For example, ‘Come on now, that’s nothing to cry about!’”

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