Breaking Barriers In DV Sept. 2014 Purposeful Parenting
By Cynthia Amodeo, Director of Family Services, Barrier Free Living’s Freedom House Emergency Shelter.
July was Purposeful Parenting month, which led to a flurry of articles, Facebook posts and twitter bites regarding the concept. In general, Purposeful Parenting aims to build healthy relationships with children, to understand a child’s development and to help them grow in a way that emphasizes their potential. Being “purposeful” in parenting can include meeting a child’s essential needs (bathing, feeding) or involve more complicated issues of socialization, discipline, and communication.