I am a mom to 3 kids, which means I am going through the same struggles you are…sibling rivalry, jealousy, anger, aggression, school challenges, friend drama, power struggles (and more!).
Through these daily battles, my goal is to manage my own triggers, keep myself calm, and keep the relationship with them strong. Of course, even though I read, write and teach positive parenting, I’m still imperfect and some days are definitely more challenging than others!
My parenting philosophy is influenced by the work of others who encourage the use positive/gentle/respectful parenting strategies. Recent brain research has confirmed what some have known all along – treating kids with respect and kindness, connecting with them on an emotional level, and managing our own stress and anger can create positive changes in a child’s brain. The results? Fewer meltdowns, better problem-solving skills, higher emotional intelligence and a (generally) more peaceful home.
My perspective is also influenced by my background as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I spent 10 years working with children and families in hospitals, homes, community organizations and a private therapy practice. The majority of my therapy work focused on helping grade-school age children manage anxiety, anger, perfectionism and low self-esteem.