See that protective hand waiting to catch her if she misses a step? It took years to trust her and myself. Many tears and meltdowns later I have learned that cautiously trusting our kids is the first step towards empowering them. Before you call me out on the nonexistence of any such phenomenon as “cautious trust” 😂 let me preface by saying that kids can avoid a lot of mistakes and heartbreaks if we communicated with them more . While parents empower kids with their trust, kids become even more empowered by the communication that they have with their parents. Some kids can’t express their fears and questions verbally. But that doesn’t matter. In a parent and child’s world, communication is not always verbal. Sometimes it’s gestural, primitive and emotional. Some individuals are powerful emotional communicators. Don’t discount their communication.