Great parenting doesn’t just happen “in the moment”

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This chart got a lot of great feedback on my Facebook page so I’m sharing it with my community.

Parents in my classes are generally very focused on what to do “in the moment” of misbehavior. But I’ve found that there is way more impact when we focus before the moment, to prevent the “moments” from ever happening. I call this “Preventive Parenting.”

We also underestimate the power of great parenting after the moment, “Reflective Parenting.” Sometimes things just don’t work out the way we’d hoped, and we get to reflect on what happened, learn from mistakes, and try a new solution next time.

Of course there are many other tools for each point in the process. This is just a sampling. I realize I forgot one of my favorites for “in the moment:” Hugs!
Preventive and Reflective Parenting


What are your favorite tools for various points on the time line?  Please add your thoughts in the comment section below.

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