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Gentle parenting doesn’t make kids weak, says parenting mentor

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama – Parenthood can be tough. Whether it’s your first or third child, parents learn as you go. For Sharon Drake, it’s her Gentle Parenting method that not only goes viral, but prepares her children for whatever life brings them.

“He looked at me with that look of fear,” she recalls when she gave him the stern faces of many mothers, “It was then that I realized I didn’t want him to be. ‘he associates my face with what he was feeling at the time. “

It’s a look that she says sparked a change in the way she is raising her son, CJ.

“This is when I really wanted to look at other options so that my child could be raised in a way that he knew he should be treated fairly. We are trying to create a world where restorative justice is the norm and not just corporal punishment, ”said Drake.

When she decided to implement honest conversation, communication, empathy, understanding and respect, that’s when she said she started to enjoy parenting even more. .

“I mean, CJ and I always had fun, but now it’s even more fun because we’re chatting about things,” Drake told News 19.

Sweet parenting doesn’t make your child the week, she says it is, in fact, the opposite.

“It’s our job to make sure we’re growing resilient kids and sometimes to allow them to feel their emotions and hand over the responsibility to them. So as CJ gets older, it’s not so much “how can I help you?” I understand it was a big mistake, how do you plan to fix it? ‘ Drake said.

Drake wants parents to know that while working with their kids is tiring, it’s worth being intentional and giving up the idea of ​​trying to control another person.

“This is what I am going to do, this is what I hope will happen, but it is your choice to release the anxiety of trying to control this person, who will make their own decisions so that you can love whoever she is, ”she said. added.

While a lot of parenting has to do with the parent, Drake says to start within yourself and start identifying past triggers and traumas that are keeping you from breaking a generational cycle.

Drake, who is now divorced with a two-year-old, is no stranger to trying to find ways to enrich his youth. She founded PEARL, a female mentoring organization in Chicago in 2012, where she worked alongside parents and teachers in mentoring young women.

Now she’s brought the same mentorship and the same mindset here in Huntsville.

If you would like to get on the waitlist for her parenting classes, click here for more information on how to participate.


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