On January 30th, Susie Walton presented to parents in the Kittle Auditorium. Her talk, entitled "What I know about letting go and supporting kids on a path to independence", focused on the importance of raising well-balanced children who are able to learn from their mistakes, handle their own challenges, and build emotional muscle, as means to gaining self-reliance.
Ms. Walton, with all of her years of experience as a parent educator, parent, and now grandparent, spoke with wisdom, humor, and humility about raising her own four children. She stressed the importance of building and maintaining close, positive relationships with our children, as, in her words, "rules without relationship equals rebellion".
She also emphasized the value of mistakes and natural consequences, in that children who are allowed to make mistakes and then suffer the consequences, without their parents rescuing or punishing them, are more likely to have the courage to keep trying, and to learn important lessons from their mistakes.
Ms. Walton will be offering a more in-depth parent workshop at Rhoades later this year.
Stay tuned for more information!