How to Make “No” Easier, Modern-day Motherhood Problem, Get Inside Your Child’s Head (#15)

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What We Listened To

Erin Royer, MA Psy. is the go-to expert on all things parenting and child development for today’s common challenges. She dives into topics such as self-esteem, development and health, modern parenting issues, and even education. Erin is not just knowledgeable but also relatable, warm, and sometimes even funny. In her podcast episode Parenting Beyond Discipline, she shared her 3 ways to make saying NO not just easier to deliver but also easier for our kids to hear and accept.

(Listen here)

Blogpost We Read

Parenting is challenging no matter the era, but parents today face unique challenges, and parenting standards have risen dramatically while support systems are lacking. Parents have greatly increased the amount of time, attention, and money they put into raising children. Motherly discussed this issue on its website and it listed a few things that parents can do to orient themselves toward true and lasting cultural change.

  • Take your needs seriously.
  • Recognize the lie of perfection
  • Create safe spaces for authentic sharing.

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Great Advice We Heard

Parents set limits, that’s what they do, and children push at them, according to their temperaments and their circumstances and their peer groups. Positive Parenting Tips for Parents and Kids posted about Gwen Dewar ‘s advice on why it is important to get inside your child’s head.

“Kids might drive us crazy. Their behavior might seem irrational or unjustified. But that’s the way things look on the outside. On the inside, children are making choices that jibe with their experiences and perceptions of the world. Their behavior is motivated by legitimate needs. If we can get inside their heads, we can learn what these needs are, and address them.

(Read the post)

This Week’s Article

First Steps for Parents of Neurodivergent Kids
Hey awesome parents, just got a diagnosis for your kid, and you’re not sure what your next steps are? Or maybe you’ve been reading up on a neurodivergence, and are thinking that it might fit your kiddo? “Neurodivergence” is a category term for folks who use a different mental “operating system” than neurotypical folks. Read more.

Helper of the Week

Matthew Braman, LCSW, Empower your verve with Verve Psychotherapy.  Therapy specialized to empower men, new dads, and their partners with mindful masculinity. Build a life worth living through meaningful and effective therapy with me as your Right Hand Therapy Man. Invest in your future, and empower your verve to experience calmer, clarity, compassion, confidence, and connection with yourself, your emotions, your career, and the people in your life now.

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Have a wonderful week, all.

Much love to you and your family,

The Monkey Mashup Staff

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