The rhythm of our days is about to change with back to school. Here are 10 parenting tips to help you settle into the new routine and set everyone up for success.
There are days we all feel like giving up. You might feel caught in power struggles and conflict. Somedays you feel like you are the only one not getting it right. Everyone else's family appears to be operating more smoothly than your's. You are exhausted. This. Is. Hard. You aren't alone. All long term commitments cycle through phases of peaks, valleys and plateaus. Unless we are willing to post our rough days on social media, we need to stop posting our "perfect" moments. Let's be authentic and gentle with ourselves when it is our turn to walk through a valley. Let's be gentle and authentic with others when they are in their low places too. We all get our turn with the good and the bad. Rinse and repeat. Failures and setbacks = growth. Just keep showing up and loving.
When formulating a response to a situation, these eight questions by author L.R. Knost, can guide you to a place of compassion, empathy and clearer intention in your parenting. This approach will ultimately guide your child to solve his or her own problem or identify what led them to success and lead to growth for both parent and child. Responding with gentleness does not mean that we don't have boundaries. Quite the opposite. We become clearer about the "why" behind our boundaries and therefore, able to hold them with more consistency and greater love.
Quicklinks to Resources from this Episode
L.R. Knost Little Hearts/Gentle Parenting Resources
8 Steps To A Gentle Response (L.R. Knost)
Vashti Summervill is a PCI Certified Parent Coach and a certified teacher in the state of Idaho. She is the secretary of the Idaho Suicide Prevention Coalition and the co-chair of the St. Luke’s Pediatric Family Advisory Council.