Session 3


the youth’s identity, experiences and family traditions

Honouring: The first step in the dance of relationship

Honouring is the first step in the dance of relationship. Honouring the youth in your care means treating them with admiration and respect, and always holding them in high regard.

This requires you, as a caregiver or care provider, to look beyond troubling behaviours and anxiety symptoms to learn about the identity, experiences and family traditions of the youth you are responsible for.

When you lead with the intention of seeking to understand who a young person is, where they come from and what their lived experiences are, you are learning to walk alongside them and are meeting them exactly where they are.

Ashley's Story

As you go thru the course, hear the firsthand perspective of Ashley, a former youth in care. 


The anxiety a youth is experiencing is likely warranted. The youth’s alarm system is hard at work trying to correct a problem within their relational landscape. Anxiety is not a problem to be fixed. It is a signal that the youth has a relationship hunger and needs relational support. 

Changes you may notice in yourself as you begin to walk alongside youth:

Myla and Jon Kabat-Zinn, authors of Everyday Blessings: The Inner Work of Mindful Parenting, refer to acceptance as a door that leads us to a new way of seeing youth. It is through conveying acceptance that we let a youth know we accept them regardless of their strong emotions and behaviours.

'It's your path but you don't have to walk it alone.'

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