I was joking on Facebook yesterday that Jay and I were attending a parenting workshop at Caleb’s school. “I’m going to learn how to yell more effectively at the kids,” I said.
Could you imagine a parenting workshop on “Primal Scream Parenting?” The scream part would even have multiple applications: When you step on the scale….or in my case today, you look out the window and see snow. Again. And who doesn’t feel like a good yell when you see the checkbook balance at the end of the pay period?
Yeah. Real effective, isn’t it?
The Scream at Your Kids approach really isn’t a good one. You can get away with freaking out over the checkbook but when it comes to the kids, it’s destructive…. and it gives you a sore throat too. (Ahem, I have this friend who told me so….)
Which is why I’m happy to report that last night’s workshop was excellent. Jim “Call Me Jim” Williams gave a 90 minute presentation that was engaging and full of wisdom. Catch a glimpse of his style here. I’m especially delighted that the schools here use his presentations to help kids deal with bullying and drug abuse prevention, among other topics.
If find yourself thinking you could lead a workshop on Primal Scream Parenting….you might want to check out his book: