Parenting Insights from a Family Therapist

I love good parenting tips. As a parent of two young children I constantly seek parenting advice that helps parents focus on fostering growth while nurturing children, while avoiding shame as a discipline tactic. This soft touch does not mean you become a permissive parent by any means. Limit setting is an essential aspect that every parent must engage in with children, and the article linked below points out wisely that avoiding limit setting raises anxiety in children. 

Image from article.

Image from article.

This article highlights some positive parenting tips like giving children unstructured play time (often overlooked when children engage in screen time), being respectful when setting limits (you lead by example), and one that I find very important: having a life outside your child. I firmly believe that you can only take care of others as well as you take care of yourself. If you are in constant service of your child and never yourself, that relationship will suffer immensely. It is vital to take time for self-care when you are a parent, whether that means handing parenting over to a co-parent or trusted babysitter, self-time is essential to well-being, and well-being greatly enhances your capability as a parent. 

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