Being a responsive parent

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Being a responsive parent

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The definition of good parenting is being responsive to the hand you've been dealt. Not having your kid turn out exactly the way you thought he or she would. Not power. not control. But being responsive to the hand you've been dealt. If you want to be responsive to the hand you've been dealt, you've got to know what's in your hand. You've got to know who your kid is. What are his strengths/ What are his lagging skills? And on the things that are not going well, the goal is to be responsive, to move development forward by trying to improve compatibility, by trying to figure out what's getting in your child's way and making sure those problems get solved. That's what I call being response to the hand you've been dealt. That's my golden nugget.

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Ross W. Greene, PhD

Psychologist, Author & Researcher

Ross W. Greene, Ph.D., is the author of the well-known books The Explosive Child and Lost at School, and the originator of a model of care (now known as Collaborative & Proactive Solutions) emphasizing collaboration between kids and adults in resolving the problems contributing to children’s behavioral challenges.  He is also associate clinical professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, on the professional staff at the Cambridge Hospital, adjunct associate professor in the Department of Psychology at Virginia Tech, and senior lecturer in the graduate program in school psychology in the Department of Education at Tufts University.  Dr. Greene founded the non-profit Lives in the Balance to provide free, web-based resources on his model and to advocate on behalf of behaviorally challenging kids and their parents, teachers, and other caregivers.  He lectures widely throughout the world and lives in Portland, Maine, with his wife and two kids.

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