Importance of empowering kids from an early age

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Importance of empowering kids from an early age

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It's so important that we empower kids from an early age. And it's been said that we learn to make good decisions by making decisions, which sometimes means making bad decisions and learning from that experience. So, as parents, it's really important that we understand that every time we make a decision for a child, we're really denying them the opportunity to make a decision themselves. And sometimes that's appropriate, certainly there are non-negotiables, we don't want children running freely in the streets with matches ; but at the same time it's important to understand that every time we do that, we're denying them an opportunity to hone their decision-making skills. So whether that's, "Honey, do you want the red cup or the blue cup?" or sitting down with an older child and having an actual conversation about what a reasonable bed time is, it's really important that we think about giving our kids these opportunities.

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Gila Brown, MA, MFT

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist/ Parenting Expert

A middle school teacher turned child development specialist, Gila Brown, MA, MA, is the creator of Harmony Rules: How to Parent Confidently and Raise Super Kids.  With over 15 years of experience working with kids of all ages, Gila has helped countless parents transform life at home, enjoying a greater sense of peace and more rewarding relationships with their kids. Known for her fluency in ‘kid-speak’, Gila helps parents who are facing regular power struggles by giving them tools and strategies to respond with positive discipline and effective communication.

After receiving her BA from USC, Gila began her career in museum education and family programming.  She went on to receive her MA in human development from Pacific Oaks College, along with a teaching credential. After years of classroom teaching, Gila shifted gears deciding that she could best help kids by helping their parents. As a child development specialist, Gila earned an MA in clinical psychology from Antioch University. Her expertise and background in both education and psychology give her a unique perspective on child behavior and the family system.

Gila is in private practice in Beverly Hills where she works with individual adults and parents.  She also specializes in working with families coping with divorce. Gila teaches parenting workshops through numerous schools and parenting organizations.

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