Laughter may be the best tool a Positive Psychologist like Robert gets to use. He spends his days helping parents laugh more to create the welcoming family environment where kids feel comfortable being themselves. He helps teens interrupt their spiraling worry with a silly memory to “change the channel.”
Nicole admits that she probably needs laughter therapy, too. As the at-home parent of three “spirited” children, her days often feel like "riding a wave" that takes her "from intensity… to the brink of insanity… and then to serenity.” All three of her kids have so much personality that they are bursting at the seams!
She has learned to “surf that wave” the hard way. In public, it may be harder to deal with a spirited child but let’s face it: It's easier to lose your sh*t inside your own home!
It's hard for a parent to feel good when you are engaged in power struggles with your children and are having a hard time seeing them as more than a problem or nuisance.
How can parents learn to ride a strong-ass wave if they don't know how to surf? Should you fear the spirited child? Can you LOVE them just as much as their more demur siblings? Do you secretly, slightly loathe them (even if that’s embarrassing to admit)?
What if we view these challenging attributes from another perspective? Might a stubborn child with an "iron will" grow up to trust their intuition more than a people-pleaser? So is being stubborn a good thing or a bad thing? At some point Robert realized that he wanted strong-willed children who can grow up to trust their gut instincts.
In this episode of 'I Am the Worst Parent Ever' podcast, Robert and Nicole tackle the joys and “waves” of raising spirited children and how parents can learn to to laugh more even when little Johnny is bouncing off the walls
How do you condition yourself to be your own laugh therapist? Robert has a few suggestions. Check it out.
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