Growing a Grownup – A Less is More Approach to Raising Respectful, Responsible & Resilient Kids
Date: Wednesday May 10, 2017
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Location: Champlain College Rm 221 Center for Communications and Creative Media, Burlington, VT
Cost: $25/person or $35/couple
Learn about the Five Key Foundational Principals of Growing a Grownup
1. Model healthy relationships. When kids misbehave parents feel like they have to “do something”, so they use strategies that might create momentary compliance, but in their wake, fracture the relationship between parent and child and do not create long-term change in the child’s behavior. Investing in the relationship is about utilizing concepts and strategies that are based on respect and cooperation and are designed to strengthen the relationship of all family members, as well as, helping children become independent, self-confident and creating a willingness to participate fully in life.
2. Develop Decision Making Skills. Many discipline strategies actually fall into the category of punishments or rewards, neither of which helps the child develop self-discipline, self-control or discernment. Discipline Strategies must not only teach our children self-discipline they must be applicable no matter the age of the child or the stage of development. They also must maintain the child’s right to be treated with dignity and respect at all times.
3. Remain emotionally available for your kids as they are faced with more difficult daily challenges. Help children become self-reliant which increases their sense of competency and influences their self-image in healthy ways. Self-esteem is based on two things; the ability to take care of yourself and the ability to make a positive contribution to the group in which you are a part.
4. Develop character traits, discernment and the discipline to make informed decisions. As parents, we have a responsibility to our children to inform them about the way the world will respond to them when they behave in certain ways. No one but a parent will spend time and energy trying to negotiate a four-year-old out of a temper-tantrum, lecture him about remembering his backpack or save her if she forgets her homework.
5. Keep an eye on the long term responsibility of parenting, Help kids develop competencies that support them as they mature. We have 18 years to prepare our children to leave our homes and enter their solo journey into the adult word with confidence and enthusiasm. Unfortunately, we can make many of our parenting decisions based on what is happening in the moment. It is important that we remember that our job is to work ourselves out of a job.
Vicki Hoefle, creator of the Parenting On Track™ Program, author of Duct Tape Parenting and The Straight Talk on Parenting has been an in-demand Professional Parent Educator for the past 20 years. After years of study and everyday practice, Vicki has become an expert in Adlerian Psychology, a ground-breaking theory developed by Alfred Adler.
Instead of feeling stressed & drained at the end of the day, you’ll feel a sense of peace and confidence in your kids and your parenting. Be free to really enjoy your kids – both now and as they grow and mature over the years. Recently awarded a “Seal of Approval” from the PTPA (Parent Tested Parent Approved) Media, Parenting On Track™ has gained international acclaim as one of the most effective, child-enriching programs available.