Parenting Masterclass with Bonnie Harris: Bringing Children Back from the Brink, Digital Dilemmas, & Boundaries that Nurture


This episode delves into the heart of modern parenting challenges, providing practical advice and psychological insights on nurturing resilient, independent children in an era often dominated by fear and restriction.

From dismantling the culture of fear and overprotection to understanding the vital concept of interdependence, Bonnie Harris, a parenting coach, speaker, podcaster, teacher, the director of Connective Parenting, and the author of several parenting books, sheds light on how we can better nurture resilience, responsibility, and a sense of community in our children. We explore the profound impact of parental emotions on child development, the misconceptions around independence, and practical ways to embrace challenges outside the digital landscape. This episode is a must-listen for parents, educators, and anyone invested in the well-being of the next generation.

About the guest-

Bonnie Harris is the director of Connective Parenting and the author of When Your Kids Push Your Buttons and Confident Parents, Remarkable Kids: 8 Principles for Raising Kids You’ll Love to Live. She is an international speaker, trainer, teacher, and coach/counselor for parents for over thirty years and has appeared on numerous TV, online and podcast programs. She founded The Parent Guidance Center in NH., now The River Center. Bonnie’s latest endeavor is her podcast Tell Me About Your Kids where anyone can listen in on her parent coaching sessions. Bonnie is the proud mother of two adult children raised with her connective approach.

Shownotes -

00:00:00 – Episode & Guest Introduction

00:02:02 – Impact of negative and fearful thinking on children

00:04:45 – Importance of cultivating interdependence

00:05:35 – How changing societal norms have altered childhood

00:09:20 – How parental energy & psychology shapes a child’s personality

00:18:00 – Boundaries that strengthen the parent-child bond

00:24:00 – Don’t assume responsibility for your kid’s happiness

00:28:30 – Strategies for managing use of digital devices & social media

00:39:10 – Balancing authority with companionship in parenting

00:45:10 – Disciplining kids without punishment

00:52:30 – Addressing the academic pressures & societal expectations

01:06:20 – Integrity vs Harmony Kids

01:09:55 – Decoding severe behavioural issues + reestablishing trust

01:16:05 – Why you shouldn’t protect your kids from natural consequences

01:17:50 – Early sexual maturity

01:12:!0 – How to talk to your kid + Invite honesty

01:25:40 – Work with Bonnie Harris

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