Positive Parenting Speaker

Self-Esteem and Emotional Health

Of all the awesome responsibilities parents assume, few are more daunting than helping children develop healthy self-esteem. Self-esteem – a composite inner picture about one’s worth and competence – is one of the most important, and yet misunderstood, concepts in parenting. Our children’s self-evaluation will impact their happiness, academic success, relationships, creativity, ambitions, perseverance, resilience, and problem-solving. The conviction that one is both loveable and capable does not make children conceited, selfish or spoiled, or engender a sense of entitlement. Rather, healthy self-esteem describes appropriate self-acceptance, self-love, and self-confidence that serve as the foundation for self-improvement and the basis for all social concern for others. No wonder instilling healthy self-esteem in our children has been called the ultimate yardstick of parenting! In this presentation, Dr. Mom provides practical strategies for helping children feel infinitely worthy and able to handle the choices, challenges, and changes of life. Parents, grandparents, teachers, coaches, counselors – all stakeholders in children’s wellbeing – will learn how their daily interactions with children can either enhance or undermine self-esteem. Dr. Mom’s message is highly relevant for child advocacy groups, PTAs and parent organizations, hospital community events, child care organizations, schools, child-related non-profits, and other groups.

Parenting with Love and Limits

Few aspects of parenting provoke as much trepidation as managing children’s behavior–and for good reason. Ineffective discipline methods can leave parents feeling frustrated and children feeling misunderstood, causing damage to the parent-child relationship. In this two-part session, (Techniques for Promoting Desired Behavior and Effective Strategies for Redirecting Misbehavior), Dr. Mom will empower parents to enforce limits consistently in an atmosphere of love and affection, making discipline a constructive learning experience that fosters cooperation, responsibility, and self-control. Participants will discover how an imbalance of family power is at the root of many of the emotional and behavioral challenges that parents face, and will learn to recognize ineffective parenting styles that commonly lead to an imbalance of family power. Dr. Mom will outline specific techniques to strengthen the parent-child bond, foster healthy self-esteem, and promote desired behavior. When rules are broken, participants will be equipped to choose a suitable response, with respect for the individual child, their emerging independence, and specific learning style. While a readily compliant child may learn rules and expectations just by hearing words, others learn best by experiencing consequences. Whether dealing with toddlers or school-aged youngsters, you can begin using positive teaching methods to help equip children to handle difficult feelings, control their impulses, distinguish right from wrong, experience the consequences of their choices, make good decisions, and solve tough problems. Discover how positive discipline can decrease the stresses and maximize the rewards of parenting.