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Wikipedia says
"Self-compassion is extending compassion to one's self in instances of perceived inadequacy, failure, or general suffering. Neff has defined self-compassion as being composed of three main components - self-kindness, common humanity, and mindfulness."

"Much of the research conducted on self-compassion so far has used the Self-Compassion Scale, which measures the degree to which individuals display self-kindness against self-judgment, common humanity versus isolation, and mindfulness versus over-identification. Research indicates that self-compassionate individuals experience greater psychological health than those who lack self-compassion. For example, self-compassion is positively associated with life-satisfaction, wisdom, happiness, optimism, curiosity, learning goals, social connectedness, personal responsibility, and emotional resilience. At the same time, it is negatively associated with self-criticism, depression, anxiety, rumination, thought suppression, perfectionism, and disordered eating attitudes. "

Test how self-compassionate you are:
http://www.self-compassion.org/test-your-self-compassion-level.html

Article: Five Ways to Foster Self-Compassion in Your Child
http://www.livescience.com/14144-parenting-tips-compassion-esteem.html

Article: Go Easy On Yourself, a New Wave of Research Urges
http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/02/28/go-easy-on-yourself-a-new-wave-of-research-urges/

Guided self-compassion MP3s:
http://www.self-compassion.org/guided-self-compassion-meditations-mp3.html

AND

http://www.mindfulselfcompassion.org/meditations_downloads.php

There are exercises to increase self-compassion at
http://www.self-compassion.org/
Just look through the list on the upper right hand side. It is a Word document, so you'll need software that can read a .doc
 
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