It can be stressful for everyone, including the kids, if parents and/or caregivers are not on the same page. Those who attended the most recent Parenting Strategies program received some excellent advice from the experts at AllHealth Network, Jennifer Morris and Annie Deutschmann. If you missed it, never fear! You can watch a recording of the program on YouTube, opens a new window.
- Family culture: Take time to figure out what you and your parenting partner(s) want for your children. What are your family’s priorities and values? What types of experiences do you hope for?
- Decide which things from your own childhood you would like to keep and those you would like to let go.
- Conversations are key! Talk with your partner about your preferred child-rearing philosophy and approach. Be open to learning about each other’s whys and don’t hesitate to do a little research if you need reinforcement, greater understanding or new strategies.
- Important as they are, conversations should also happen privately and not in front of the kids!
- Start with your similarities. What can you agree on? The goal should be to move toward the middle and find something that works for both parents and children.
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Experts from AllHealth Network spoke about how to get caregivers working together. Below are the books they recommended and some of our own parenting favorites.
Join us next month for Parenting Strategies: Healthy Eating for Little Ones. Learn practical ideas for planning healthy meals and snacks that support your toddlers as they grow and develop.
We will discuss the important role parents and caregivers play in shaping the attitudes and behaviors of children towards healthy eating and physical activity. Information about child development will be shared along with valuable online mealtime feeding resources. Presented by Sue Howk, registered dietitian with Tri-County Health Department. For parents and caregivers of children ages 0–6.