Being able to remain calm in times of stress is a skill that not all of us have. But, it is a skill that can be taught. Whether you are a parent, a teacher or a scout leader, children under your care sometimes cook up the unexpected which shifts us in a reaction mode. What should be done when you don't have the luxury of time to think about what to do? Classes such as Becoming a Love and Logic Parent, for parents, and 9 Essential Skills for a Love and Logic Classroom, for teachers, help good parents and teachers gain additional skills that will improve the odds that they will be able to take care of the unexpected in a calm and relaxed manner rather than in a tense, angry manner.
Parenting skills have become part of the spotlight held by the state boards of education because of the "No Child Left behind" requirements. More and more school systems are discovering that helping the parent, the most important role model in a child's life, improve their skills in dealing with stressful situations also significantly improves how their children react to stressful situations.
Love and Logic, developed by Jim Fay and Foster Cline of the Love and Logic Institute, Golden, CO., is a fun program where parents can learn these skills. There are two rules we start with in Love and Logic:
Rule One: Parents take good care of themselves.
Rule Two: Parents let empathy and consequences do the teaching for them, (Rather than anger and punishment.)
Teachers are required to update their skills on a regular basis with continuing education. Should parents take classes such as these to update their skills? It certainly is not required! To answer this question, I have another question. If you really enjoyed photography and were pretty good at it but you wanted to get better, what would you do? You would probably look for a class in photography in order to upgrade your skills. And so it is with parenting. If you really enjoy being a parent and want to be better, signing up for a Becoming a Love and Logic Parent class is just what is needed. So, whether you are sailing or struggling through your parenting responsibilities, this is a good place to start.