Recap: Positive Parenting, Discipline and Guidance #YPsupport Chat

Last night’s twitter chat focused on positive parenting, guidance, and discipline. By looking at how we were raised as children and how we raise our kids today, we learn that not all of the techniques used on us will work for our kids. We know disciplining can be tough but through positive parenting and guidance, we can help our children learn from their mistakes and still feel loved.

To read our entire young parent twitter chat, click here for our storify link.

We have compiled some awesome parenting tips from Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Boston Children’s Hospital to help you!

• Parenting Tip #1: Find a good book that will tell you what’s normal at certain stages of child development. This will help you calm the anger you may feel when your toddler shows off her new haircut, the one she gave herself!
• Parenting Tip #2: When your child has a tantrum at the mall, she’s probably not trying to anger you. She just may not be old enough to sit still for more than a few minutes and handle a rush of bright lights and noise.
• For more awesome tips on Keeping Young Anger Under Control, check out Brigham and Women’s website: http://healthlibrary.brighamandwomens.org/Search/1,4586.
• Parenting Tip #3: With the right methods, discipline can be a positive, loving experience. On the other hand, physical punishment and yelling will only frighten your child and encourage aggression.
• Parenting Tip #4: Make corrections about learning rather than getting in trouble. Don’t just tell your child not to run around with food in his mouth. Explain why this rule is important.
• Parenting Tip #5: Your child may be angry and uncooperative because his play date just ended. You can say, “I see you are feeling upset because Jack left, but you still need to pick up your train set.”
• Parenting Tip #6: Spanking teaches that violence is a way to solve problems. It can cause your children to fear you and ruin the trust they have in you.
• Parenting Tip #7: Don’t threaten your children when you’re angry. When you say there will be a consequence to bad behavior, follow through with it so it’s not an empty threat. If you don’t, your kids will know that you don’t really mean what you say.
Parenting Tip #8: When your child is doing something well, like picking up toys without being asked, show your appreciation. Teachers call it “catching your child being good.”
• Parenting Tip #9: Parenting is tough job, and you’re bound to make mistakes. If you yelled at your children, apologize for losing your temper and start over. Your children will learn how to apologize from your example and learn that parents can get angry at their children and still love them.
• Parenting Tip #10: Taking a time out when you’re angry, if necessary, will help you discipline your children in a way that helps them learn from their mistakes and still feel loved.

• To read more on How To Discipline Your Child With Love, visit Brigham and Women’s website for some lovely tips: http://healthlibrary.brighamandwomens.org/Search/1,4588 
• Discipline methods often depend on the age of your child, and how much your child understands her behavior. The Boston Children’s Hospital website has some suggestions for discipline techniques for each age group: http://www.childrenshospital.org/az/Site947/mainpageS947P1.html 
• For more info on temper tantrums and what to look out for, visit this site: http://www.childrenshospital.org/az/Site1683/mainpageS1683P1.html/.

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Recap: Stress, Resilience, and Mindfulness #YPsupport Chat

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Tonight’s #YPsupport Chat: Resiliency and Mindfulness!

Recap: Live Young Parent Chat on Healthy Eating

Being a young parent comes with a ton of responsibilities and a lot of juggling. Finding a way to balance different aspects of young parenthood can be really tough. So how can we make sure we’re eating healthy and fueling our body with the best foods when we have a million other things to think about?

Last night, we had a live young parent chat on twitter with some amazing tweeters. Although the idea of eating healthy seems really hard when you have little time and picky eaters, there are some simple ways to make it work.

Aside from sharing our own tips and advice to our young parent peers, we had a great chance to share some of our favorite recipes with one another. It can be tough to believe some of the recipes we find online are delicious and easy so having peer recommendations made it easier for us!

Check out our storify to read the entire twitter conversation.

Thanks to all the YPs who joined us!

RECIPES:

Blueberry Muffins

Simple Crepes

Emeril’s Spinach Saute With Garlic And Onions

Spring Beet Salad

Organic Sweet Potato and Carrot Soup

Citrus and Herb Crusted Tilapia

Mexican Shepherd’s Pie

Meatloaf with Fresh Tomato Sauce

Wok-Seared Chicken Tenders with Asparagus and Pistachios

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Tonight! Young Parent Support Chat on Healthy Eating

Breastfeeding Twitter Chat Recap by Jazmin Williamsz

Yesterdays #YPsupport chat hosted by STEPS boston was awesome. Numerous young moms and a few young dads joined in to discuss breastfeeding.We all know the positive and negative feedback that older mothers receive, but it was great for young moms to share their stories.

STEPS Boston has provided a venue to openly discuss our young parent experiences without the fear of being judged. In yesterdays chat, we shared stories about our choices to breastfeed or not, how much encouragement we received, and how to encourage young father’s to become more aware and supportive of breastfeeding. There were negative stories of people’s unsensitive reactions to young mother’s pumping at school and people’s comments of how breastfeeding will affect our bodies. But there were also positive stories, of young mothers receiving support from their hospitals, lactation programs, and other supportive individuals.The best part about the chat is that we all felt comfortable to share our positive, negative, and some embarrassing stories on breastfeeding.

#YPsupport chats hosted by STEPS Boston has developed a great online community of young parents that are supportive and accepting of each other. The invitation is extended to other young parents looking for a great supportive community and/or that just need a place to talk with others going through similar situations.

If you would like to read the entire conversation, please visit the STEPS Storify page for the complete list of questions and answers from young parents.

Thank you to all of our wonderful participants!

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Recap: Live Twitter Chat on Young Parents Who Want Change

Last night’s twitter chat participation was heavy, as always, and connections among parents were clear. As the weeks continue,  relationships are built and stories are shared getting us closer to our goal of making twitter chats a chance for young parents to connect and relate.

Through this twitter chat it was evident that young parents felt society’s expectation for them is failure, and anything better is promotion.

Below are some images from last night’s questions and responses.

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If you would like to read the entire conversation, please visit our twitter account or click here. Tweets are in reverse chronological order.

Thank you to all of our wonderful participants!

Live young parent chats are every Tuesday at 8 PM EST! #YPsupport

Recap: Live Twitter Chat on Empowering Young Parents

Last night marked our 15th Live Twitter Chat for young parents! Throughout this time, we have interacted with over 75 amazing young parents. The purpose of our chats is to connect young parents with one another and build a virtual support system. There is a constant feeling of isolation among young parents and our chat is a place for them to realize and understand that they are not alone.

This week’s topic was on the importance of empowering young parents to empower themselves. We know that with support comes empowerment so we talked about how the two are important in a young parents life.

We captured some images of the answers received during the chat.

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If you would like to read the entire conversation, please visit our twitter account or click here. Tweets are in reverse chronological order.

Thank you to all of our wonderful participants!

Live young parent chats are every Tuesday at 8 PM EST! #YPsupport

 

 

Recap: Live Twitter Chat on Pregnancy Prevention Campaigns

Yesterday’s chat may have been our busiest chat so far. With over 25 young parent participants, we reached our tweeting capacity and were (gentlly) put in twitter jail for tweeting over our daily limit. We started off the chat by asking young parents to watch this 30 second teen pregnancy prevention campaign video on youtube.

Although the twitter chats are only 1 hour long, we are able to ask 10 questions and get more than 20 responses per question. The images below are just a few of the questions with a response from a young parent and/or organization.

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To catch up on some more of the conversation, head over to our twitter chat by clicking this link. Remember, tweets are in reverse chronological order.

Thank you to all our participants!

Live young parent chats are every Tuesday at 8 PM EST! #YPsupport

Live Twitter Chats for Young Parents

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