When I started parenting work, the basic approach I learned was:
Parents know best.
We run the show with boundaries and consequences.
When it comes to discipline, this totally improves behavior - mission accomplished!
But good parenting is more than just discipline. We are in a relationship, which is a two-way street. If you are focusing on discipline but missing the back-and-forth of a true relationship with your child, you are guaranteed to end up bulldozing them and pushing them away no matter how hard you try not to.
Expand your parenting beyond discipline by staying open to the possibility that you might not know best.
Luckily, our kids inform us when we don’t know best. And if we keep communication strong with them, they easily and naturally inform the way we care for them, respond to their needs, and handle their behavior.
It’s all about COMMUNICATION.
Prove it to yourself: if things are off track with your child either behaviorally or relationally, ask yourself:
- How well are you communicating with each other?
- Does each of you feel heard?
- Do you know how to promote their listening to you?
- Do you know how to listen to them?
- How do you each feel when you walk away from your interactions?
In May, you have two chances to attend a workshop that will change the way you connect with your child:
This workshop will teach you EXACTLY how to do more than just discipline your child. You will learn what to say (and what NOT to say) to address behavior and keep your relationship strong so your parenting is a 2-way street again. Click on the link to learn more and register today.
P.S. Replays will be available, but only if you're registered, so get on it!!!
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