October 1, 2019
Raising and educating children isn’t easy, and it’s certainly not “one size fits all”. However, there are tools and principles you can use and follow to set your children up for success.
At The Guthrie School, we are firm believers in the Love and Logic™ method. What is that?
Love and Logic™ is a research-driven philosophy on raising children, founded by Jim Fay, a former school administrator and Foster W. Cline, M.D., a school psychologist. It’s the practice of combining both love and logic into the raising and disciplining of children. The root of this practice is building a respectful and trustworthy relationship with your child.
Let’s start with the first element; Love.
Love: All parents love their children. But what does that look like? To most, love looks like providing for your children, showing affection and taking care of their needs. The Love and Logic™ philosophy teaches that there is more to showing love than what typically comes to mind.
The “love” in Love and Logic™, emphasizes the importance of setting and enforcing limits that are in your child’s best interest. You should love your children so much that you set reasonable boundaries to ensure they stay on the right path, and reprimand them in appropriate but compassionate ways when they push the limits.
Logic: Most parents have a harder time implementing the “Logic” element of the Love and Logic™ technique. The logic is what happens when we allow our children to make decisions and experience the natural consequence, good or bad. Naturally as parents, we want to protect our children from any negative emotions or feelings, but it is actually very important that children feel their instinctive emotions and are held accountable for their actions. When children experience the consequences of their actions, they understand the fundamental thought process that their actions and decisions directly impact their emotions.
This technique teaches children responsibility and promotes compassionate and thoughtful behavior.
Now that you have learned the basic principles of the Love and Logic™ method, are you interested in learning more?
Certified Love and Logic™ Trainer, Amy Egan will be leading a seminar on implementing the Love and Logic™ method into your parenting style. She will provide a more in-depth understanding of the philosophy and provide you with the practical tools and knowledge to help parent your child and raise him or her to be a respectful, independent and caring individual.
Please join us on October 17th, 6:30pm – 7:30pm at The Guthrie School for Amy’s presentation. This is an open session and all are welcome! Please spread this message to any parents you think would be interested in learning the Love and Logic™ method.