Parenting in the New Year

by Kyle Kick
BStrong Together Executive Director

Happy New Year!  

The start of a new year marks a new beginning, a wonderful opportunity to take a step back to reflect on life as it has been and life as you would like for it to be.  It is frequently a time to examine priorities, behaviors, routines, and relationships, and for many, it is a time to wipe the slate clean and start anew.  To borrow a phrase from the world of technology – it can be a time to call for a reboot.  

As parents, it is important for us to know that there is no such thing as the perfect parent or the perfect child.  There is no recipe for creating the perfect family or raising the perfect kids.  Parenting is often about trial and error, a willingness to reflect on our successes and failures, the ability to learn from our mistakes, a desire to find new solutions, and a deep commitment to keep striving to be the best parents that we can be.  

Just as we work to support our children to become resilient, mindful, and adaptable in order to be successful as they grow, we need those same traits to become the parents that we aspire to be.  Parenting requires resiliency, resourcefulness, adaptability, and a willingness to see our "failures" as the opportunity to grow and learn.  And, just as each stage of our children's development brings new joys and new challenges, so does each individual child in our family – each one coming with his or her own personality and set of needs to be met.  Parenting is tough work!   

So, as we venture into this new year, take some time to reflect on what you have learned – about yourself, about your children, about your family.  What do you think is going well?  Where do you see the opportunity to learn and grow?  How might you make positive changes in your family or enhance your skills to become a better parent?  

In support of your efforts and our commitment to enhancing the health and well-being of our community's children and youth, we are honored to welcome Dr. Shimi Kang – Harvard-trained, award-winning physician and author of The Dolphin Way: A Parent's Guide to Raising Healthy, Happy and Motivated Kids Without Turning Into a Tiger and The Self-Motivated Kid: How to Raise Healthy, Happy Children Who Know What They Want and Go After It (Without Being Told).  We hope that you will join us as we explore Dr. Kang's research-based parenting model Thursday, January 18th at the Barrington Area Library in preparation for Dr. Kang's visit to Barrington High School on Tuesday, January 30th at 7:00 pm. Following Dr. Kang's presentation, BStrong Together will host a series of "Continuing the Conversation" Parent Coffees starting on February 6th for parents of elementary school students, on February 8th for parents of middle school students, and February 14th for parents of high school students.  We will discuss practical tools and strategies that you can use with your family and support each other in our goal of raising healthy, happy, resilient, adaptable children ready to face the challenges of today and the future.  

May 2018 bring your family love, laughter, health, happiness, and an abundance of opportunities to grow as individuals and as a family.  We are excited to take this journey with you TOGETHER!  

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