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Top Parenting Resources

December 6, 2017
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Posted By: Kristen Hick, Psy.D.
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Parenting is likely the most fulfilling and challenging role if your life. No matter the age of your kids, days are filled with a mix of highs and lows, often leaving you with questions about the best approach to raising children in this day and age, as well as the impact the responsibility of kids have on your relationship with your spouse or significant other.

In my work as a Denver therapist, I find that therapy tends to help parents feel more supported as they have a neutral party to talk through challenges around their kids and the impact those are having on their primary romantic relationship. Below, we’ve compiled top resources in a variety of formats to support your journey to raising well-rounded children while keeping balance in your own life both professionally and as it relates to the relationship you have with your partner.

Ted Talks

How to raise successful kids without over parenting with Julie Lythcott-Haims

Learn how your expectations and tendency to micromanage children is hurting their ability to becoming sufficient adults. Overcoming checklists and high expectations is the true path to unconditional love, acceptance, and self-efficacy.

For parents, happiness is a very high bar by Jennifer Senior

By examining the evolution of parenting and related studies, learn how to overcome the anxiety and confusion of parenting by reframing the goals and aims of this important role in your life.

Blogs

Aha! Parenting

With age-specific resources and articles, this site serves new and veteran parents alike with book recommendations, articles, and videos to support the journey to raising well-adjusted kids. Aha! Parenting was founded by Dr. Laura Markham and her approaches can be simplified into three main concepts: Regulating emotions as parents, connecting with children, and coaching instead of controlling.

Child Psychology and Parenting

Contributors include psychologists who specialize in understanding the dynamics of a growing child through various life transitions and events. This blog aims to help parents understand these behaviors through articles about acceptance, expectations, peer pressure, behavior problems, and other topics.

Psychology Today

Parents have a profound influence on all aspects of their child’s development. Striking a balance between supporting children and helping prepare them for independence is a challenging task. These blogs posts help parents with topics including communication, power struggles, conflict, emotions, digital media, and more.

Books

The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed by Jessica Lahey  

While there are many goals of parenting, raising successful, resilient, and self-reliant kids is at the top of most parents’ lists. This book offers a blueprint about how to achieve just that by reminding parents that healthy failure, natural disappointment, and the need for kids to solve their own problems are counter-intuitive experiences that just might lead to better preparation for the adult world.

The 5 Love Languages of Children: The Secret to Loving Children Effectively by Gary D. Chapman

From one of our favorite relationship authors comes an approach to love languages for your kids. How can you help your child feel loved? Discover practical strategies for understanding your child’s core love languages and how leveraging this knowledge can help with learning, discipline, and your shared bond.

The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind by Daniel J. Siegel  

Based on Neuropsychology, Siegel outlines twelve actionable strategies to ensure successful brain development that results happier and calmer offspring. His actionable and age-appropriate advice supports a parent’s desire to raise children who are emotionally and intellectually well-adjusted.

At Center for Shared Insight, we strive to support parents on their journey to feeling successful and at peace about their role as a caregiver, parent, and partner. We work with parents everyday who might feel spread too thin or inadequate in other ways. Oftentimes parents are struggling with the impact their kids have on their romantic partnership and are challenged in understanding how to balance these competing priorities. With the help of a therapist, you can develop the strategies you need to overcome parenting challenges while keeping the relationship with your spouse or partner strong.

Contact the team at Center for Shared Insight to learn more about how we can support that journey.

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