Parenting

Parent from the Heart

“The best inheritance a parent can give his children is a few minutes of his time each day.” 
– O. A. Battista 

Studies show that a strong, open relationship with a parent is the best deterrent to risky behaviors like underage drinking and drug use. 

But how do you create and maintain that relationship? By having heart-to-heart conversations, creating values as a family, and understanding your own parenting style

Talk Heart-to-Heart with Your Kids 

Talking and relating to kids can be difficult, especially as they get older. They are simply figuring out who they are in the world.    

One thing you can do is have heart-to-heart conversations with them — full of empathy, patience, and love.  

Learn how to create the space to talk heart-to-heart today. 

Create Your Family’s Values 

When your kids are young, it can be easy to teach them right from wrong. But oftentimes, those lessons fade over time.  

When you sit down and create your family’s values together, it sets the tone for your family and how you will approach topics like alcohol and drugs, beliefs and faith, and bettering the community.  

Learn how to create your family’s good stuff list today. 

Find Your Parenting Style 

Everyone goes about parenting in their own way, and it may even evolve as your kids get older. 

Over 30 years ago, psychologists identified four basic styles of parenting: authoritative, authoritarian, permissive, and uninvolved.  

The authoritative style, also called heart-to-heart, has been shown to be very effective in reducing risky behaviors. 

Find out which parenting style you have and learn how to adopt a heart-to-heart style today. 

Resources

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