There is no blueprint for parenting. You’ll never find a one-size-fits-all approach. But there are certain parenting concepts and skills that we can develop to help our children be happy, comfortable, and able to be themselves.
In this episode, which originally aired in 2014, executive coach Michele Woodward and I discuss the paths that a parent can take to raise grounded and authentic children. I recognize that this topic can be a shame trigger for many people, but don’t beat yourself up if you are feeling shame. In the episode, you’ll even hear me express regret and say, “Wow, I wish I had thought about that.”
Michele also brings in her background in the corporate world to discuss how parenting skills directly translate to workplace skills. These include leadership skills, the ability to have courageous conversations, the ability to circle back about topics that need to be followed-up on, and more.
“Love is making a safe place for another person to be fully themselves,” says Michele in this episode. This is an easy thing to forget when parenting. When you give your children the space, trust, and guidance to make decisions and to do things on their own, they can become their authentic selves.
I invite you to take whatever nuggets from this conversation spark curiosity for you and leave the rest. Not every idea will resonate with you and that’s okay. Hold space for yourself and your children so that you can grow and have the kind of relationships that you want to have.
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WHAT YOU WILL DISCOVER
- How parenting skills translate to work skills
- The leadership and courage of parenting
- How to figure out what kind of relationships you want to have
- What you want for your children
- What happens when boundaries are broken
- Important parenting skills that you can practice