This is the final post on the latest topic of connecting with your children, as we will Inshallah be moving on to Muharram tomorrow.
However, this is definitely one that is last but not least as I have saved one of the best for the end ;). Do you remember when I was saying about how everything was coming together? Well I was googling a certain issue when I came across the Great Parenting Show (mentioned earlier). There the speaker that I needed to listen for my topic of interest was Patty Wipfler. Suddenly, her name came on Aha Parenting as well, and then I googled her specifically.
In a website www.handinhandparenting.org that came up (which she founded), the focus is on the power of LISTENING (we may think we do but we don’t!). The three buzz words here are “staylistening”, “playlistening” and “special time”; DO have a browse and find out more about these; the beauty is they work universally and on any age, even adulthood!
Here’s the bit I really want to highlight – their blog, Super Protective Factor (the link below). This gives real life case studies of these techniques in action – again somehow, I always receive a blog post just when I need one!
Folks, I can personally attest to these techniques and it is mainly because of this that I was spurred on to share this latest series of posts with you. I hope and pray that these resources will help us take a step closer to connecting and bonding with our children, and inevitably make it easier to pass on our love for Islam to them.
And yet another one by the same authors – this was given to me when I had my second child by a very close friend who knew how much I loved the first, and had also heard others raving about it!
Here’s another by the same authors for those parents with teenagers – another book on my parents’ bookshelf that I intend to steal as my children get older 😉
And going back to the parenting stuff, here’s another classic that I love and will always love! I remember seeing it on my parent’s shelf, and on impulse deciding to review it for my psych class. Then when I had kids of my own, i stole it off their bookshelf and popped it in mine ;).
The beauty of this book is that it is SO easy to read, full of examples, and FILLED with practical steps you can take to deal with every day situations with your children. There are cartoon strips with the different options of dealing with such situations, for example, when you’ve told your child 5 times to pick up their wet towel from the floor and they still haven’t…
I know so many of you out there have read this – so PLEASE add your feedback on the book for everybody else so they know it’s not just me that thinks this book is a must-have – to read once and constantly go back to for a reminder!
So here’s the first of a few links!
I stumbled across this when googling, and Alhamd the timing was perfect as they were just starting the 2012 series of talks by parenting experts on pretty much every topic.
There are still a couple of weeks left to go, as well as the option of going back to listen to the older talks, so I hope you can benefit!
Either way, if you add them on FB they post some great pics and quotes to put a smile on your face and remind you what’s important…