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.
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. Dr. Mom offers practical strategies to make discipline a positive learning experience that fosters cooperation, responsibility, and self-control, while strengthening the parent-child bond. Learn specific techniques to promote desired behavior and how to choose a suitable response when rules are broken. Whether dealing with a toddler or a teen, participants will be empowered to enforce limits consistently in an atmosphere of love and affection, with respect for the individual child and her emerging independence. Learn how to equip children to handle difficult feelings, control their impulses, distinguish right from wrong, make good decisions, and solve tough problems.
Ten Essentials for Effective Parents
Contemporary parents face unique pressures and role overload that can undermine family life and jeopardize children’s outcome. This presentation offers an overview of practical suggestions for improving parenting skills and strengthening families. Topics to be addressed include: making child rearing a high priority; creating a balanced parenting team; communicating unconditional love and enhancing children’s self-esteem; minimizing sibling rivalry; preventing and handling misbehavior; using traditions and familiar routines to convey a sense of belonging; dealing creatively with the inevitable disappointments of parenting; and practicing self-care. Participants will leave equipped to decrease the stresses and maximize the rewards of parenting.