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Friday, May 31, 2013

Discovering Parent Magic

I am the mom of three amazing children, each with a very distinct personality, and I wouldn't have it any other way.   However, at times all the different personalities in our home seem to CLASH!

Without getting too specific, we have the emotional one, the perfectionist, the boss, the one that holds everything in until explosion, and the pleaser.

I was happy to check out a workshop with Discover Parent Magic to see how our different personalities effect the harmony in our household, and what to do about it.  What I discovered about each member of my family was invaluable.

Discover Parent Magic

Discover Parent Magic offers workshops that equip parents with "Powerful Parenting Strategies" to: 
  • Determine the behavioural and personality style of your child
  • Understand what makes your child tick so you can effectively parent each child to maximise their true potential
  • Discover your child's primary style of communication, are they are thinker, a feeler or something else?
  • Learn practical insights to apply immediately for a more harmonious household
The location in Swanborne was easy to find, and parking was not a problem.

Upon entering the workshop, I didn't quite know what to expect.  What I found was a cozy group of parents all wanting the same thing... information on how to be the best parent possible! 

A cup of tea and a biscuit in hand, and I was ready...

The presenters were Discover Parent Magic founders, Deb and Kate, who each had an impressive list of credentials behind their names.  You can read more about them here.

Each attendee received a booklet of information to go along with the presentation.  I used mine to furiously scribble notes, as almost everything that was said, I wanted to remember.  

Deb and Kate took turns presenting information on the DISC Model of Human Behavior.  They shared personal stories along with the information, which really helped bring to life the general characteristics of the four personality types.

At the end of the workshop, there was  time to sit and visit with the presenters, and other workshop attendees. It was nice to be able to exchange experiences with other parents that may be going through some of the same parenting struggles.  

I left the workshop with a very clear picture of the personality types of my three children. Just as I predicted, they each have a different type, which means I must tweak my parenting style to meet the needs of each child.  What I learned, is that each personality is motivated by different things.  My "one size fits all" parenting approach was not going to cut it.  

Surprisingly, one of the most useful things I learned at Discover Parent Magic was not only the personality type of my children, but also the personality type of my husband, and myself.  I really never thought about how my personality fit into the picture before.  I just thought I was the boss of my kids, and that was that.  But now I realize that families are much happier when we all understand each other, and that includes me.

When I woke the next morning, enlightened, it was interesting to see my little "personalities" demonstrating their characteristics.  I was much more conscientious about how I interacted with  each child as an individual.  It will be an ongoing process, but just knowing what makes each one tick will certainly make my job easier, and more fun!

The next workshop is Saturday, 22 June at 1:30-4:30 pm in Swanbourne

Tickets are only $60 and can be purchased here:

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