How to Be a Strength-Based Parent

From the The Greater Good Science Center: By focusing on our children’s strengths, we can help them flourish—and stop being so critical and worried.

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Self-Compassion for Parents

Parents: How to Practice Self-Compassion

Self-compassion entails three components:

1) “First, it requires self-kindness, that we be gentle and understanding with ourselves rather than harshly critical and judgmental.”
2) “Second, it requires recognition of our common humanity, feeling connected with others in the experience of life rather than feeling isolated and alienated by our suffering.”
3) “Third, it requires mindfulness—that we hold our experience in balanced awareness, rather than ignoring our pain or exaggerating it.”

To read the full article from Greater Good Magazine, Science-Based Insight For a Meaningful Life click here

The Fragile Generation

The Fragile Generation article highlights how bad policy and paranoid parenting are making kids too safe to succeed. The ariticle was written by Lenore Skenazy and Jonathan Haidt.

Lenore Skenazy is founder of the book and blog Free-Range Kids, and president of the nonprofit Let Grow Foundation.

Jonathan Haidt is the Thomas Cooley Professor of Ethical Leadership at New York University’s Stern School of Business, author of The Righteous Mind (Pantheon Books), and a co-founder and board member of Let Grow.

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The Power of Positive Parenting

Parents naturally zoom in on what their children are doing wrong, but shifting to focus on a child’s strengths is more effective.

This is a great read from the Wall Street Journal!

 

How Parents Can Help Their Underage Kids Resist Alcohol

As NPR states in a recent article, about 1 in 6 teens drank alcohol before turning 13, and about the same proportion of high school kids has binged on alcohol, according to the latest biannual Youth Risk Behavior Survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But adults and parents can play the most important role in preventing underage alcohol use.

Click here to learn more about two recent studies that will help guide parents.