Parents can learn seven critical communication skills that will allow them to really connect with their child, become a game-changer in his or her life, and have a lasting, positive impact.
Strong for Parenting is designed to help you help parents master the communication skills and personal strengths they need to prepare their child
for a happy, successful life.
Expect good things to happen when you use the program with parents
- Greater awareness of their teen’s needs and emotional state
- Increased confidence in their ability to communicate with their child
- Sense of calmness when discussing emotionally-charged issues
- Assurance that they have the skills to resolve conflicts
- Increased trust and respect from their parents
- Willingness to open up to parents about feelings, doubts and fears
- Greater sense of acceptance and of being understood and loved
- Ability to think through issues, solve problems and make good decisions
Why do these skills and strengths matter?
Between the ages of 12 and 24, a child grows from a pre-teen into an adult. That journey requires a different set of parenting skills and strengths.
During adolescence, the best way to guide a child’s maturation is through excellent communication skills.
Unfortunately, support for parents who want to acquire these abilities has been practically nonexistent.
Until now. . .
Strong for Parenting is their virtual personal trainer to help them grow stronger in two key areas:
Why PERSONAL STRENGTHS?
This core area involves the behavior patterns for doing hard things when parents face challenges or adversity as they interact with their child.
There are many ways to be strong, but these are the top 10 personal strengths for parenting an adolescent:
- Awareness – being in the moment with their child and noticing moods and changes in habits
- Compassion – showing empathy and understanding
- Composure – keeping their cool when things get hot
- Fairness – setting and enforcing reasonable guidelines
- Flexibility – changing course as needed
- Integrity – doing what they say they’ll do
- Optimism – taking a realistic, balanced view
- Patience – waiting for the right time to speak or act
- Perseverance – not giving up their your child, even in tough times
- Trust – giving more freedom and responsibility as it’s earned
Why COMMUNICATION SKILLS?
Interacting with a teen in an adult-to-adult manner is the way to build a strong, positive relationship that prepares a child for adult life.
As the parent, they’ll find out how to master these 7 essential communication skills:
- Listening – Giving attention, checking understanding
- Stimulating thinking – Asking questions to get the other person to think
- Guiding learning from experience – Asking questions about what, why, consequences, and lessons learned
- Engaging in dialogue – Keeping an open mind while asking about opinions
- Giving encouragement – Acknowledging situation, affirming, offering support
- Giving constructive feedback – Affirming positives, describing observed behavior, its impact, and desired behavior
- Resolving conflicts creatively together – Asking about needs, brainstorming mutually beneficial options
“When I first saw Strong for Parenting, I confess that I was a little skeptical that an online system could provide much more than the free parenting tips I find on blogs and websites. Boy, was I wrong! The topics that I’ve covered in this program took me far beyond the glib advice from anonymous “experts.” There’s so much information and support! The content burrows deep into all of the personal and behavioral areas where I needed help and so much more.
“I’ve watched and re-watched the videos, posted the inspirational quotes up in the kitchen, and engaged my own personal network of friends in my goals. And all of this in my family’s timeframe—when my kids most needed a strong parent. In one case, I used the tools in the Constructive Feedback section to have what would have been another unsuccessful conversation with my son about his video gaming. We resolved the problem and surprisingly, bonded even further. I would recommend Strong for Parenting to any parent who wants a better relationship with their children!”
– Julie Walker, mother of 2
The SCIENCE behind Strong for Parenting
Taking courses, reading books and watching videos can be helpful. But these activities by themselves can’t build communication skills and personal strengths.
That’s because developing these core areas is a lot like working out at a gym to build physical strength. Parents learn how to do an exercise, but then they need to follow up with practice and repetition. As their muscles get stronger, the exercises get easier.
Improving personal strengths and communication skills works the same way. That’s because:
Knowing how to do something isn’t the same as doing it.
Even if they know what to do, that doesn’t mean parents will actually do it when they need to.
When they face an unexpected challenge as a parent, the may not have time to think about what they’ve learned. They only have time to react. They automatically do what already feels familiar and comfortable.
That’s because old habits are hard-wired in the brain, so parents have to literally REWIRE their brain to create the new habits.
- Choose ONE area to FOCUS on, and get tips, insights and ideas about what to do.
- Take ACTION – Apply one of the ideas in a real interaction with their teen.
- REFLECT on what they tried, to get insights about what they can do differently next time.
And then they repeat this simple process over and over until the behavior they’re focused on feels natural.
How much time will it take?
Once they choose their focus or you assign one, parents just need to spend about 5 minutes each day, looking for helpful tips, insights and ideas that they can apply. The real magic happens when they interact with their teen!
Parents can make getting their daily dose of Strong for Parenting a habit by doing it at the same time each day, such as with their morning cup of coffee.
“While I can’t have the personal support I need from friends and mentors 24/7, I can get that support via Strong for Parenting. It is there for me first thing in the morning, and it helps me get focused and be more productive during the day. I’ve used it to break free of self-inflicted limiting beliefs.”
– Rosemary Nickel, Motivating Other Moms
What parents get with their one-year subscription to Strong for Parenting
Virtual coaching 24/7 with…
Help your clients improve their parenting skills
and transform relationships with their teens TODAY!
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