All tagged Evidence-based Parenting

Joyful Parenting Tool: Playtime Skills to Make Parenting Fun Again!

Good news: many parents see an increase in warmth, connection and positive behaviors by learning simple playtime tools to focus attention on positive behaviors. Using the PRIDE Skills (Praise, Reflect, Imitate, Describe, and Enjoy), we take a quick break from all the correcting and directing of everyday parenting and learn new ways to call attention to desired behaviors, nurturing and reinforcing the good stuff we see from our kids.

Joyful Parenting Tool: Effective Praise

Praise is a cornerstone of most parent’s daily routine. And with a few minor tweaks, you can substantially boost the impact of your praise. These strategies for praise really work to increase positive behaviors all while improving your child's self esteem and increasing the warmth in your relationship. How good is that?

Joyful Parenting Tool: Cognitive Coping

Our perspective shapes our reality. Our kids don’t need perfect parents who beat themselves up about parenting. They need loving parents who practice the same patience and compassion for themselves as they do their friends and family.  You can challenge any thoughts creating emotional distress and embrace a more joyful and compassionate approach to parenting

The Case for Joyful Parenting

It’s so easy to be stressed, to fall into a near-constant state of overwhelm, to be too busy to enjoy the little moments, to live in the anxious echo-chamber of our heads. When this is our daily state, we communicate to our kids that parenting is not a joyful task. I find joy in comforting parents who not only struggle, but compound this struggle with self-judgement and shame. Parenting is possibly the most important thing any of us will ever do. And we all need support, dialogue, and tools to become the parents we want our children to have. In the following series, I will share tools from an evidence-based models (PCIT and CBT) with the hope that you can use them to reclaim the joy in your role as a parent.