In order to have "better" kids, we need to be better parents. And to be better parents, we need to be better people. We need to be WINNER's."We need to connect with our children instead of imagining we constantly need to correct them. All children yearn for connection - not correction. They want nothing more than to feel loved for who they truly are in their authentic self. Not being appreciated for who they are is the root of all negative behavior, psychological problems, and social dysfunction, including criminality." - Dr. Shefali Tsabary
The acronym "WINNER" stands for:
W - witness
I - investigate
N - neutrality
N - negotiate
E - empathize
R - resolve
There is not a perfect solution for every disruptive behavior, but there is a better way of reacting to the disruption. Dr. Tsabary's suggestion is a method of mindful-parenting. By becoming more aware of our own reactions to, expectations of, and illusions about our children, we can step out of our own heads and into the present moment. Dr. Tsabary shows us how to observe what is going on, without harsh judgement or reaction. She will show us how to communicate and connect with our children to figure out the underlying reasons for their behavior; how to keep our own emotions from railroading our children with emotional baggage; how to involve our children in being part of the solution, rather than dictating what must happen; how to approach our children with an understanding that they are exactly where they need to be; and how to commit to seeing our children through the tough times so they are better able to handle difficult situations on their own as adults.
Dr. Tsabary even offers more real-life tips on staying calm in the midst of conflict, and ideas for positive reinforcement of the behavior you want to see. I would love to give all of those away, but that wouldn't be fair to Dr. Tsabary and all the hard work she's put into this fabulous book. I have highlighted more pages than I can count, and will be referencing this book for years to come.
If you want to elevate the way you parent, if you want to be conscious in your parenting - and less reactive - you should buy this book. Our children are going to leave a mark on this world - for better or worse - and parenting to the best of our ability is one of the most noble (if not THE most noble) jobs on the planet.
"Our children deserve to be nurtured by parents who are journeying toward wholeness and discovering their worth, for it's from this that their own wholeness and sense of worth will be magnified. This is their right - and our calling in the sacred task of parenting." - Dr. Tsabary