I recently attended a parenting seminar put on by parenting expert Michael Grose from Parenting Ideas and Bruce Sullivan from Red Hot Relationships. As a firm believer in the saying “you can never learn too much”, I thought attending would be an excellent opportunity to build upon skills I had picked up along my 7 year long parenting journey and boy I couldn’t have been more right. It was a fantastic experience with both speaker’s being engaging and informative.
5 of the “parenting pearls” from this year’s seminar are listed below as written by Bruce Sullivan himself on the parentingideas blog.
- If It’s Not Fun… Make It Fun! Humour is a great way to help everyone in your family decrease their stress, increase their mental and physical health and make your “home” a desirable place to live.
- Practice Gratefulness… NOT Cynicism! Gratefulness opens up our hearts, minds and possibilities whilst cynicism shuts down our minds and closes doors for us and our children. Practicing gratefulness can be awesome fun too!
- Good Intentions Are NOT Enough! Children learn what they live by the example we set everyday. Be not afraid that our children won’t always listen to our attempts at teaching… be more afraid that they are watching and listening to EVERYTHING we say and do!
- Be Willing To Change YOU and not them! If we are not getting the outcome we want then it’s up to us to change the way we are parenting. Demonstrating behavioural flexibility takes effort on our part but we know that are children are worth it!
- Teach Resilience NOT Helplessness! Great families have useful language and frameworks to explain the ups and downs of life so everything can eventually be viewed as a positive! “With all this manure…there has to be a pony in there somewhere!”
You can check out the full article here and you can even purchase the DVD of the event to see exactly what I mean by how fantastic it was. Did you attend? What did you think?