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What can you do when your child is acting out? There is a lot of information out there about discipline, behavior modification, and diagnosing the root of your child’s behavior. Some of us have come from traditional, disciplinarian homes. Others have problems setting up boundaries. Have you ever taken a moment to reflect that these moments of acting out are a chance for you and your child to grow closer together? Before you lose your cool entirely, give this interview with Lori Petro a listen. She truly has some great recommendations and resources for parents who might be struggling with everything relating to discipline.

Lori is the mind behind Teach Through Love, a wealth of online resources for parents, solo or not, that serve to build up communication and enhance emotional intelligence with your kids. When your child is acting out, it is usually in response to an inability to express what they are thinking or feeling. We as parents have a huge opportunity to teach our children how to express themselves and then listen to what they have to say. Lori is going to show us today some ways that we can begin to build trust with our kiddos. We can build emotional intelligence starting with our own responses to behavior. It truly is as simple as learning to listen.

More in this episode:

  • Lori created Teach Do Love to help parents understand their children.
  • The big struggles most parents face as far as behavior is concerned.
  • What are we saying to ourselves when our children are misbehaving?
  • Lori sees conflict as a way to grow and develop our brains.
  • Kids need to know it is safe to make mistakes.
  • Lori uses her own childhood experiences to inform the resources she creates for parents.
  • Forget whatever goals you are trying to work on, and work on building that relationship.
  • Give your children an outlet for their feelings.
  • Feelings are a part of life, and if we stuff them, they come out in different ways.
  • We are really building emotional intelligence.

Resources

Teach Through Love: Teach Through Love