Cutting yourself some slack as a parent

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Cutting yourself some slack as a parent

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I think we're running and going so much. We're running around as parents like hamsters on crack and our hair on fire. We mean so well we love our kids more than our own life. But we're sometimes not paying attention and so we don't monitor our child and they might be expose to some media that they can't handle or we might be engage in a lot of stress and we erupt in front of our child in relationship with another parent or about something in general. I think the first thing we want to do is cut ourselves some slack, we're human. The fact that we may have said inappropriate word in front of our daughter doesn't mean she's going to become a stripper, you know it's like, we're shepherds we're not sculptors. There's all kinds of mistakes that our kids can tolerate. Secondly, I think I want to do an autopsy at the moment, try to figure out what happened if this happened. Do I manage my self-care better or something else. And then try to just move forward to do the best that I can to keep it from being repeated.

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David Palmiter, PhD, ABPP

Psychologist & Author

Dr. David Palmiter is a professor of Psychology and Counseling at Marywood University, the President of the Pennsylvania Psychological Association (2012-2013), a practicing and board-certified clinical psychologist with over 20 years experience, a Public Education Coordinator for the American Psychological Association, author of an award winning parenting book (times three), dad (of 3.0 children; 3.5 if you count the neurotic dog) and husband (of over 22 years to Dr. Lia Richards-Palmiter, who says she has 4.0 children as she counts David). Dr. Palmiter has over three dozen professional publications to his credit, has given over 200 continuing education workshops around the country and has completed over 300 public education projects, including for outlets such as the LA Times, US News and World Report, USA Today, Wall St. Journal and O Magazine. A central aspect of his professional mission is to put air under the wings of parents as they try to raise happy and self-actualized children. 

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