VANDALIA — Dr. William Mosier, a professor of childhood education and child development at Wright State University spoke to the Rotary Club of Vandalia on Thursday, July 16 on the topic of “Parenting As A Verb.”
Dr. Mosier stressed the concept of “how to listen so your kids will talk to you.” He discussed the principle of communicating empathetic understanding in order to clarify the feeling behind the statements of the child. He discussed what he called the “democratic approach” to parenting and talked about finding a balance between being an authoritarian parent vs. being a permissive parent.
Dr. Mosier also stressed the importance of confronting a child in a non-demeaning way which includes identifying the behavior and letting the child know how the parent feels about it. He also stressed the need for parents to be “persistently consistent” with their expectations.