What better way to start Mental Health Month than a great early childhood mental health conference?! Really, it was more like a two-day intensive class on healthy parenting. Kay, Magen, Lori, Lezli, Becky, Teresa and I got to learn from Tina Payne Bryson, PhD (http://tinabryson.com/) about how we can use the latest brain research to establish healthy and effective parenting styles (i.e. Discipline = Skill Building) in our own homes and to help parents that we work with learn them, too! Her strategies are based out of the research that the healthiest families have parents that are high on two dimensions:
- Setting limits and Boundaries
- Being emotionally responsive and nurturing.
Think it might be hard to do both of those at the same time? Me, too.
But I tried it. (Dr. Bryson was right, my kids didn’t wait long to give me a chance to try it!)