All Kinds of News for May 09, 2018
Solutions Parenting Support recently conducted a survey where former clients were asked to highlight the most useful skills taught through their parent coaching support. The two skills parents felt were the most valuable in developing a healthier parenting style were:
- Developing & maintaining healthy boundaries
- Learning to respond rather than react
Through their coaching services, parents are guided to identify their "parenting position". They do this by looking at their knowledge and values to decide how they want to shape their home from the top down. Learning to develop reasonable expectations includes incorporating their own and their children’s unique strengths and struggles. This is particularly important in shaping the home in ways that are likely to be successful for the long term. By taking this approach, parents can genuinely and consistently follow through on maintaining healthy boundaries. Part of this process also includes:
- Learning to be consistent and flexible, rather than consistent and rigid
- Allowing for a more organic parenting process. This includes learning to make thoughtful and emotionally-balanced decisions as they execute their parenting position through day-to-day situations
Teaching how to respond rather than react was included as one of the most useful tools instilled in parents by Solutions Parenting Support. The process of slowing down and buying time often makes the difference between a negative confrontation and a healthy conversation. SPS also coaches and encourages parents in learning about their own emotional management. Often parents are communicating negative emotions during interactions with their children without realizing it. For children, this can elicit an excessively defensive response. A considered response, rather than a reaction, has a greater chance of success for all parties involved. SPS aims to help parents stay attached through parenting by managing their own emotions effectively. Solutions Parenting Support also helps parents understand what they do and don't have control over and offer ways for the family to work within those parameters.
About Solutions Parenting Support
Solutions Parenting Support, LLC is a nationally recognized parent support and transitional program assisting families during and after wilderness therapy treatment and/or residential treatment programming. With business offices in Steamboat Springs, CO and Tucson, AZ, the team is supporting parents and families in the United States and around the globe. The team of parent coaches and transitional specialists are family-system focused, licensed professional therapists and/or licensed social workers with a combined 40+ years of experience working in wilderness therapy programs, varying levels of residential treatment programming and transitional support.