Every parent's number one responsibility

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Every parent's number one responsibility

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The number one responsibility of every parent is to regulate our own emotions because if we are blowing up at our child or if our child is having a hard time and it triggers us and we are saying "Stop crying!, Stop crying! that's not what our child needs, that's not emotion coaching our child through their upset. So we are not being helpful, so the number one responsibility we have is to regulate ourselves. And to do that, we need to monitor our emotions. So she go to your day to notice are you in the good mood or are you starting to be resentful. Are you doing what I called "Gathering Kindling", or are you "Staking up Grievances" because you know you get it off kindling and your going to have a bonfire by the end of the day. So, if you can notice as you go through your day, the state you are in and intervene to take care of yourself. Keep you own cup full, you'll be able to show up for your child int he way your child needs.

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Laura Markham, PhD

Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Laura Markham is the author of Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids: How to Stop Yelling and Start Connecting. She earned her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Columbia University and has worked as a parenting coach with countless parents across the English-speaking world, both in person and via phone. You can find Dr. Laura online at AhaParenting.com, the website of Aha! Moments for parents of kids from birth through the teen years, where you can sign up for her free daily inspiration email.  Dr. Laura lives in New York with her husband and her kids, who are now 17 and 21.

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