Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Mother's Day & Parenting as a Gift

Today, as I was posting comments on Psychology Today about parental influence on tweens and teens, I found I had a lot to say. The article that follows will be up on Your Tango under our Pro Connect profile. The title should be something to the effect of Mothering Tweens and Teens--The Gift that Keeps on Giving. Let me know what you think!

The focus today for commenting tended toward the life and relationships arena rather than business. Another article on Psychology Today I commented on for Mars Venus Coaching was to clarify what John Gray's material does teach in regards to the genders being different, but equal--and the importance of actually respecting the differences to make relationships stronger. The author was asserting that all Mars Venus material did was focus on differences, and by not focusing on the similarities it causes disparity and tears relationships apart.

And then the last article I found to comment on MSN's site was in regards to family dynamics! We just passed Easter when a lot of families get together, and the response is perfect timing for the next holiday, Mother's Day! By identifying the family dynamics going on in your current family of origin, and the one you came from--you can alleviate much pain and suffering throughout the years when you don't see eye to eye with your parents. You learn what battles to fight, and what ones you'll respectfully agree to disagree.

Establishing open, honest relationships in your family, and with anyone else you come in contact with on a daily basis does just this: honors and respects people for who they are and what they bring to the table.

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The Basic Ways We Change

There are three ways in which we can actively monitor ourselves so that we may change how we interact with our surroundings:

(1) Thoughts (cognitions)
(2) Feelings (emotions)
(3) Actions (behaviors)

When you are in traditional counseling sessions--the counselor uses a variety of theories that typically focus on one of these areas to help you make changes in your life. In the best case scenario the theory that the counselor is using is based on their training background/when they received their masters degree, as well as what the current trend is based upon research on the effectiveness of the theories in actual practice. However, we won't delve too deeply into theories and understanding methodology, because this site is educational and for you to understand more of how you work.

The activities that are posted and linked on this blog are to help give you immediate tools to begin actively reorganizing how you interact with your thoughts, feelings, and actions.

People that are aware that they can use their feelings and thoughts to influence their actions are able to control what happens to them. Novel idea? This is because they recognize that they can influence their outcomes based on identifying the emotions they are feeling, then choosing what thoughts they would like to focus on, and then putting it in to action.

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