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Is Public Shaming Good or Bad Parenting?: KSL News

Julie Hanks, LCSW joins KSL News to discuss the newest parenting trend, public shaming.

Public shaming might not be the punishment that parents are hoping for. It may encourage bad behavior by directing attention to it. This concerning trend shames the child but doesn’t address the negative behavior. Also, it does seem concerning that parents are receiving attention for the shaming instead of focusing on the teaching of positive behavior.

Here are a couple ideas that can take the place of public shaming:

1. Focus on your relationship with your child. Use that relationship to discuss the values that matter to your family and why their behavior isn’t in line with those values.

2. Focus on positive behaviors that reinforce family values, like volunteering.

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Easing First Grade Jitters: Tips For Back To School

Many parents with kids entering first grade are shocked about how big this transition is for their child. They go from being in school part of the day or even part of the week in kindergarten to being in school for the full day. This is a full day without mom and dad, without the comforts of home and without knowing what to expect. Often times many first graders develop anxiety for the first couple of weeks and may exhibit some regressive behaviors during that time. Watch the video to learn some tips for helping your kids get through this transitional period.

 

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How To Get Stepchildren To Not Hate You


The other day, a recently remarried friend commented,“I can’t seem to do anything right when it comes to parenting my spouse’s teenage kids.” This friend is finding step-parenting much more challenging than expected.  If you are facing a similar difficulties in your family, it is important to realize you are not alone.  Did you know that over half of the families in the United States today are blended families and millions of parents are facing the challenge of step-parenting? Here are a few ideas that may make the transition to step-parenting a little smoother:   Wasatch Family Therapy Teens

First, take it slow. Don’t blame yourself if everything doesn’t go according to plan.  Remember, there is no such thing as “instant love.”  Love grows slowly over time so expect some rejection initially and try to keep a sense of humor.

Second, whenever possible, let the child’s biological parent do the disciplining.  A step-parent’s role in the family with teenagers can be that of a role model, a mentor, and a friend.  Work together with your spouse to decide house rules and to create structure at home; this will help you maintain a united front.

Finally, continue to strengthen your marriage.  Over time, your love and commitment to your spouse will create security in the lives of your step-children.  Keep your relationship alive and healthy, date regularly, and express your affection for each other in the presence of your children.

So, to recap, take it slow, let the biological parent discipline, and focus on your marriage.  Good luck.  I hope this is useful.  If you would like to speak to a professional about your family’s specific situation, please contact us at Wasatch Family Therapy; We would love to help.

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Positive Thinking May Prevent Depression In Girls


Previous research says those who are born to mothers with depression have a higher incidence of developing depression. Depressed people have intense bodily reactions such as increased heart rate, blood pressure, and cortisol levels.

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