Saturday, August 3, 2019

Growing Together: New Pathways in Parenting

Growing Together: New Pathways in Parenting 
~ Gwilda Wiyaka ~
Family structures and parenting have taken some interesting turns over the last few generations. In indigenous cultures, children were treasured, parents and elders respected. Then in rural communities, children became commodities, workers for the farm. Next, there was the “Spare the rod, spoil the child” era of punitive child rearing practices, followed by both parents working to provide material indulgences while television became the baby sitter.
Morals and mores have been taught by television, violent games and social media rather than familiar upbringing and enfoldment. It is amazing that, with all the fancy electronic ways to stay connected, both children and parents are more isolated and disconnected than ever before.
Whether we are parents or not, the most important thing we will ever do is steward the citizens of tomorrow. Yet most of us are clueless as to how.
If we are to evolve rather than devolve as a species, we need to turn this around, and quickly! But how? How can we offer solid guidance to our young people while correcting the damage our oversight has caused?

With us this hour to discuss this vital topic is Deena Margolin, a licensed marriage & family therapist who helps children and families build awareness, connect through compassion, and cultivate helpful tools for navigating life’s hard moments. Deena uses a mindfulness-based, neuroscience-informed approach in her child therapy and parent coaching  practice.
Having trained at the Center for Mindful Living and worked as Associate Director at the Mindsight Institute under Dr. Daniel J. Siegel, pioneer of the field called Interpersonal Neurobiology, Deena views health and wellness through the lens of brain function, relational experiences, and mindfulness.
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