Sometimes we make decisions based on old patterns from childhood, even though they are unnecessary or unhelpful today. The first step toward understanding why we make certain decisions is to become more self aware and introspective. It also necessitates listening to other viewpoints and being conscious of our own defensiveness. Our children, spouse, and friends can all act as mirrors – allow them to help you see yourself better.

For example, when Todd was younger he always asked friends to come over/join his family get-togethers because it reduced the possibility of family chaos (everyone was on their best behavior). But as a father in a calmer household, he still feels a “need” to have others around rather than just be present with his family. This “need” is based in an old pattern, an outdated method of protection that is no longer necessary. But it takes self awareness to recognize this – what are your outdated patterns?

We also discuss an amazing blog written by Lea Grover called “This Is What Sex-Positive Parenting Really Looks Like” . We open up about how best to treat the topic of sexuality with your children. It starts by finding a sense of comfort with the topic, and deciding what values you would like to impart.

Other resources:

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