"I have been feeling isolated as a parent lately, and just realized that it is partly -- maybe even largely -- because it is hard for me to relate with other parents and for them to relate with me. In the Positive Discipline classes I took, I learned a different way of parenting and now I don't have the same mind set or long-term goals in regards to my parenting methods. On second thought, I CAN relate to these other parents, because I have been there. I am far from perfect and I made the decision to seek excellence in the way I interact with, and teach, my children. My friends are not able to see the long-term consequences of their parenting methods because they have not learned the Positive Discipline methods and what a tremendous difference they make in how a parent interacts with their child.
By learning Positive Disciplining methods, I feel I have been able to rise above the 'bad habits' that many parents are still stuck in. My friends have told me that they feel like 'bad' parents compared to me, which is sort of a compliment, but what they don't realize is that I still am, and always will be, in the learning process. I love being able to support and help other parents in learning Positive Discipline methods, but I need support too, and they are unable to reciprocate because they just don't know how.
It wasn't until Deb said that having the positive discipline mind set can be isolating that I was able to identify that this was exactly how I've been feeling. I thought I had "graduated" from class, but now I know I need to get back into class. It is a neutral place for all parents to be able to relate to, learn from, and support one another. Even though every person’s life and parenting experiences are different and unique, in class we all share the same positive discipline approach. We are able to support each other in our goal of learning to be the best parent possible. I miss being listened to for both my strengths and faults as a parent, without being judged, so . . . back to class I will go."