I have been thinking a lot lately about the Nurtured Heart approach to parenting. Let me give a little background…
I am a therapist by trade and have spent the majority of my adult life either learning about psychology or practicing helping people deal with it! As time has gone on, I have been spending time in educational settings with students who have been identified as needing special education, largely due to emotional and behavioral concerns. I have been to trainings about the Nurtured Heart approach (created by Howard Glasser) and most of the time with the idea of helping the difficult child.
Now that I have amazing children of my own, I am seeing its value for much more than just the difficult child. My children are far from difficult! I am so blessed to have such caring and intelligent girls. What I want to say in this post is that Nurtured Heart is such a humanistic and positive way to deal with ANYONE in our lives. So many times, children hear all about what they are doing wrong… we seem to have a lot of time to focus on this and we so often seem to be missing all the times they are doing something right. Now, don’t be worried! I am not getting all “hokey” on you… this really works! When I express what I see my children doing right and why it is important, they beam! They show such pride in themselves for making a good choice. My 4 year old daughter said to me, “Mama, I love it when you catch me being good!” This is testimony enough for me to keep finding ways to nurture her heart which in turn, has been nurturing my heart!