One of the interesting things I’ve discovered as I have been training groups of parents is their need for affirmation and praise. I have been surprised by how many of them feel like they are failing most of the time when parenting their children.
Think about it: Where do parents hear that they are doing a good job? The school system? No, parents tell me all they get there are lists of things they “should” do next year. Talk shows? Nope, they mainly highlight the problems parents are facing with their children. Books they read? When is the last time you read a book that told you you were doing a good job as a parent?
I think we as leaders have a unique opportunity to shower our parents with encouragement for what they are doing right with their kids each day. It is a felt need in the heart of every parent to hear that they are doing a good job. Why not position our trainings as opportunities for all parents to go from “good” to “great”?
Do you find this to be true in your interaction with parents?
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