Have you ever felt angry
and frustrated being a parent? Have you ever
had a day when despite your best efforts, the loving
understanding parent inside of you deteriorates into
a screaming, nagging stranger?
I have. At one time not so long ago, that was my life.
What I wanted was to be the loving nurturing parent
I always wanted to have. Instead, my image of perfect
parenting turned into my worst nightmare.
I was totally unprepared for coping with my daughter.
Our daily struggles lasted from morning to night and
were filled with screaming, nagging, and threats. I
fought her every morning to get dressed, and every evening
to get her to bed.
Although I had read numerous books on child development,
parenting, and psychology, I could no longer ignore
that fact that all of my love and good intentions were
not going to change my daughter’s behavior, and
regulate my own.
It was at this point of desperation that I stumbled
upon some skills that would change our lives—forever.
As I began to work with and apply these tools in my
own home, I began to experience dramatic changes in
my family. Over time the yelling, threatening and name-calling
decreased as I found new ways of relating with my daughter.
I felt more in charge, and she became very responsive
to my more humane approach. But most important I began
to feel better about myself as a parent.
Today I’m a licensed family therapist with more
than 25 years of experience. I’ve written two
parenting books, The
Magic of Encouragement and The
Divorced Parent, produced two audio programs,
Parenting for Healthy Self-Esteem and Raising Capable, Confident Kids. I am also a co-author
of Chicken Soup books and columns and have developed
an online parenting course Chicken Soup to Inspire a Woman's Soul: Stories Celebrating the Wisdom, Freedom and Fun of Midlife.
Here is a short quiz
for you to guage how you’re doing as a parent.
Don’t worry. This is just for you. It’s
simply a way for you to acknowledge your strengths as
well as assess the areas that could use your attention.
In my workshops and
seminars I have given over 50,000 people my “kitchen
tested” tools to make their lives as parents easier
and more stress-free.
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Parenting Styles“I just wanted to let you know
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with love. Out of the many speakers we have had, you
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anecdotes. The parents who attended the presentation
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—P.C. Education First
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