In The Episode
Do you struggle at times to know the best way to go about parenting your child? It can be a tough call, especially when it comes to the emotional aspects. Some expert advice can go a long way to help frazzled parents navigate this often tricky road.
Elisabeth Stitt, a parent educator and coach, joins us today to talk about her consulting practice and about her new book, Parenting as a Second Language. She gives parents the concrete skills they need to become more effective, and she also supports them in the emotional journey of parenting.
Listen in to find out what Elisabeth has to share with you today about how to make deliberate and clear choices when parenting your child and about finding out whether your parenting practices align with your goals and values.
– Elisabeth explains her 50-item family assessment that she uses to give parents a chance to evaluate what’s actually going on in their home.
– She recounts the challenges that parents face with the lack of real community in today’s fast-paced world.
– Elisabeth talks about her former life as a teacher, where she liked to teach about things like character education and mindfulness.
– As a teacher, Elisabeth often felt that parents were getting in the way of who their children were and who they wanted to become.
– She reflects on how judgment of others and of society as a whole affects people’s ability to parent effectively.
– Elisabeth talks about her book, Parenting as a Second Language, which is a gentle guide to parenting with various exercises for self-reflection, to help you navigate through a variety of issues.
– She helps parents find the balance between authoritative and permissive parenting.
– Elisabeth explains how she works with parents: it’s all about their values.
– She reveals one of her favorite tools for families: family meetings.
– She discusses how to find the right balance between having your children be independent, standing on their own two feet, and staying connected as a family unit.
– Elisabeth asserts that knowing what you care about strengthens you and acts as a buffer against the judgment of others.
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