On this episode of Special Kid School Talk Dr. Kari interviews Dr. Kenneth Herman, clinical psychologist, for his insights into parenting. Tune in to learn about discipline, establishing healthy habits, and avoiding the common parenting mistakes! Dr. Herman is the author of Secrets from the Sofa: A Psychologists Guide to Achieving Personal Peace, which was the recipient of the Brian Walsh Award for The Best Personal Growth Book of the Year. It also won literary awards in the categories of Psychology, Health, Mental Health, and as a Guide to College Students.
This episode is for all parents, not just parents of special needs kids! All of us parents wonder and worry and even agonize about how to balance our discipline and limit setting with our desire to raise kids with rock-solid self-esteem. We all wish we knew a lot more about how to be our child’s guide and good friend and still be “in charge.”
Click here to see Dr. Herman’s website.
On this episode of Special Kid School Talk Dr. Kari is joined by Curt Widhalm, marriage and family therapist, who helps families identify how to take steps to develop a healthy family identity outside of special needs. Special needs families often don’t realize that the necessary focus on therapy and services for the special needs child can take a toll on marriages, sibling relationships and individuality. Families affected by special needs can isolate themselves from other families and community support systems.
How to Avoid Mistakes Some Parents Unconsciously Make
You love your special needs child and want the best for him or her. If you discovered that you were unconsciously contributing to your child’s learning problems, I know you would want to find a different approach. Three damaging behaviors some parents employ include: focusing on a child’s problems rather than potential solutions, reinforcing a child’s feelings about his/her limitations, and not knowing how to develop a strong relationship with their child.
Listen to this episode of Special Kid School Talk to learn:
- The qualities that make special needs students successful and how parents can encourage these powerful qualities in their children.
- How to avoid the parenting traps that rob your child of the power to succeed.
- How to become a “charismatic” parent and develop a loving and connected relationship with your child.