Did You Know… there IS a scientifically supported method for reaching your parenting goals! Brene’ Brown, Martin Seligman, Alfie Kohn, to name a few experts, know what parents really want. How? They’ve asked. Thousands of times. Thousands of parents. And teachers. And school administrators.
When we’re hustling to get a child out the door and make it to the bus stop on time, or watching in horror as our toddler throws a tantrum in the aisles of the grocery store, it can be hard to be the chill, measured parent we hoped we would be. When an older kid breaks curfew, or fails a class, or struggles to make friends, we lie awake at night fretting for hours, because we know there is no easy solution.
Your baby boy gazes at you adoringly, breaks into a smile that reveals his toothless gums and laughs out loud—he has a sense of humor! He is so smart! He’s responding to my face, you think —and then he farts. Your baby girl is gloriously happy wiggling her arms and legs around frantically – she looks so content and happy–… and then she begins to shriek—is she scared? is something hurting her? is she just bored?
I always thought I just wanted my two kids to be happy and healthy. Then they started sprouting like weeds—walking, talking, entering school, navigating social life, becoming young adults. Over time, I came to realize that “happy and healthy” as a goal was pretty vague.