Did you ever grow up under less-then-stellar circumstances?
Did you ever wish your family life had been different?
Many of you would probably answer yes (although it’s not true for everyone). Or perhaps you are raising kids and it is more challenging than you ever thought it would be, especially if they are in their adolescent years!
Parenting is extremely challenging in today’s environment; of course, it’s been challenging since the beginning of time. Life now is complicated with issues like teen depression, suicides (completed and attempted), a lot of distress, and substance use. Today we live with social media and technology, something that was not as common years ago. All of our technological advances bring increasing layers of stress to our daily lives, both for our kids and ourselves. In today’s world, both parents have jobs, careers, often take care of aging parents, and still need to parent their own kids effectively.
How in the world can all that be managed? One key solution is to take good care of yourself; self-care is absolutely critical when you juggle multiple major roles. However, when it comes to kids, after taking good care of yourself, the way you parent your kids can make the difference in whether they grow up to be well adjusted or not, and whether they decide to start using substances or not.
Think about this – there are four major parenting styles that have been identified, and another 14 subcategories. Most of us parent with bits and pieces of many styles, but if you find out what style works the best, you increase your chances of your children avoiding some of the pitfalls you, as parents, may have fallen into. You increase your chances of your children making you incredibly proud of them, and you would have a right to claim your part in their success! Statistics have proven this to be true.
Our brand-new course, Your Parenting Style Matters, can show you the way to become a better parent, by the science and by experience. As an added bonus, while you’re learning how to be a better parent, pat yourself on the back because you are, at the same time, improving the wonderful person you are!
As always, have a happy, holistically healthy day!
Dr. Donna Poppendieck (Dr. P) has over 30 years of experience in the mental health care field. She is a seasoned college professor and instructor for providers. She uses credible, proven holistic health strategies in instruction for parents of children with mental health challenges looking for another approach as well as healthcare providers seeking to implement or understand holistic strategies.