Want to be a better parent? Try using the do-over! This powerful tool will help you build better relationships with your children.
What’s a Do-Over, Anyway?
Mulligan. Second chance. Do-Over. They all mean the same thing, and they all have the power to make you a better parent. Why? Because we all mess up as parents. Sometimes, we mess things up in small ways. Other times, we can pull a real parent fail without even trying. The more self-aware we become, the easier it is to recognize when things head south.
Face it, parenting is hard work. The hardest, most difficult, yet potentially rewarding experience you’ll ever have. And to think the doctors discharge us from the hospital with a tiny, helpless baby in hand and absolutely no instruction manual! Parenting is one of those learn-as-you-go endeavors, and I’ve felt plenty of regret over the way I handled different parenting dilemmas when our girls were young.
But I did learn one really important thing along the way. Something that changed how I handled difficult situations and soothed the angry beast inside (or outside, if one of my teenage daughters was arguing with me). Today’s podcast will share what I’ve learned about the mighty do-over and how parents can adopt this technique to improve their parenting skills. Along the way, you’ll model emotional intelligence, something every child needs to practice.
I share one of my parenting fails in the podcast. I’d love to hear from you! Can you think of a specific scene from the past where a do-over would have changed a situation?
A great book on the do-over you can buy at your favorite bookstore: Mr. DeVore’s Do Over: A Little Story for Teachers.
A family-friendly outtake scene from Monster’s, Inc..
Come Back Next Week
As a parent and teacher, I’ve learned a little about what makes kids tick over the years. I’ve also discovered the one thing kids can’t do without. Come back next week to find out how to launch your child and improve his or her self-confidence.
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