Cutting yourself some slack as a parent

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Cutting yourself some slack as a parent

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I think we're running and going so much. We're running around as parents like hamsters on crack and our hair on fire. We mean so well we love our kids more than our own life. But we're sometimes not paying attention and so we don't monitor our child and they might be expose to some media that they can't handle or we might be engage in a lot of stress and we erupt in front of our child in relationship with another parent or about something in general. I think the first thing we want to do is cut ourselves some slack, we're human. The fact that we may have said inappropriate word in front of our daughter doesn't mean she's going to become a stripper, you know it's like, we're shepherds we're not sculptors. There's all kinds of mistakes that our kids can tolerate. Secondly, I think I want to do an autopsy at the moment, try to figure out what happened if this happened. Do I manage my self-care better or something else. And then try to just move forward to do the best that I can to keep it from being repeated.

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David Palmiter, PhD, ABPP

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Dr. David Palmiter is a professor of Psychology and Counseling at Marywood University. He is a practicing and board-certified clinical psychologist, a past president of the Pennsylvania Psychological Association, the author of over three dozen publications, including two books on promoting resilience in youth, a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (true of < 6% of psychologists), the American Academy of Clinical Psychology and the Pennsylvania Psychological Association in youth. He has also given hundreds of workshops on family issues for organizations such as The Navy SEAL Foundation, The Master Therapist Series at the University of Connecticut, The American Psychological Association and the McGraw-Hill Financial Group and completed hundreds of media projects for outlets such as CNN, The New York Times, US News and World Report and the Wall Street Journal. David is also a dad of three (two studying at Cornell University and one still in high school) and husband of 27 years to Dr. Lia Richards-Palmiter. A central aspect of his professional mission is to put air under the wings of parents as they try to raise happy and resilient children and teens.

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