By: June Truedson, M.Ed.
By: June Treudson
The more parents I meet, the more convinced I am that they’re confused about how to parent.
They want to do what is best for their children, yet many are using ineffective parenting methods that are creating power struggles rather than cooperation. They haven’t been given the information they need to help their children grow into happy, emotionally healthy, self-disciplined kids.
Having been an advocate for parents and children for many years, I believe there has never been a more important time than now, for parents to seek education and support.
As a mother, counselor, parent educator and childbirth professional, I have researched and studied many approaches to parenting. The one I keep coming back to is, Conscious Parenting.
Why? Because it gets to the root of the matter. It goes beyond techniques for ‘fixing’ or
controlling your child’s behavior and instead explores the deeper aspects of the relationship between parent and child.
What does this mean? In a nutshell, in order to be the healthy role models your children need, you must take a look at yourself. The more you understand and connect with yourself and your own behavior, the better you will understand and connect with your children.
If you want a great relationship with your children, the first step is to work on yourself. How many parents have actually explored their beliefs about parenting, their approach to discipline, their style of communication, how they resolve conflict, the behaviors they are
modeling, how they define success or failure? To take it a step further, how many parents
actually ‘know’ themselves?
Conscious Parenting is a proven method for raising children successfully. It is not a set of rules but rather a set of beliefs or shift in perspective about what children need to develop and thrive.
It teaches emotionally intelligent discipline rather than shame-based, punitive methods. It shows us how to ‘respond’ rather than ‘react’, how to set limits and talk to children without using blame, judgement or guilt, how to deal with common behavior challenges, how to resolve conflict without yelling, screaming or using threats.
Parents quickly learn the difference between habits of communication that encourage defiance and effective communication that encourages cooperation and healthy limits.
A child’s brain thrives on love, connection and empathy. Being a parent who is present, who is self-aware, who has shifted from old, fear-based parenting methods to new ones that promote trust, stability, communication and social responsibility, is not only one of the greatest gifts you can give to your children, it is also one of the greatest gifts you can give to yourself.
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