Parenting Matters

Dana Hirt, a parenting coach ( came to our Brown Bag Lunch Chat series on November 6, 2015 to talk about Intentional Parenting. We discussed how it is never too early to talk and share ideas about making mindful decisions based on your values and what kind of parent you want to be. It is advisable to start using intentional parenting techniques when your children are young so you can establish healthy connections from the start. How young is young? Similar to establishing healthy feeding and sleeping patterns during infancy, knowing how to be a mindful parent from the start can help you care for your children and yourself in a healthful and thoughtful way.  

Dana talked about three techniques to help care for your children and yourselves:

Dana reminded us of some advice from Ralph Waldo Emerson:

“What you do speaks so loudly that I can’t hear what you say.”

What does this mean for our parenting strategies? Here are some practical ideas for parents of children of all ages:

What made you laugh today?

What interesting questions did you hear people ask today?

What was the best part of your day? What was the worst?

What could you have done better today?

Be sure to share aspects of your day with your child/ren. This helps remind us of the parent vs person conversation and models interactive relationships for our children.   

Hold on tight! The custodial parenting years fly by quickly. By planting the seeds of resilience and developmentally appropriate self-agency, you will optimize the launching of kind, strong, and thoughtful individuals.

Rebecca Unger MD

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