Understanding human development—its tremendous scope, typical progressions, and reasons for its slowdowns or ways various forms of harm can hinder our growth—has many benefits. Because we focus so much on faith development here on Mormon Matters, one area that we don’t often discuss is how insights from developmental research and hands-on work with families can assist us in parenting our children. And, as one of the guests in this episode notes, it can even help us be able to “re-parent” ourselves and heal wounds from our own growing years.
In this episode, we are very blessed to have two prominent developmental theorists and teachers—Terri O’Fallon and Kim Barta— give generously of their time and insights in a discussion of development in general, as well as the ways it can serve us well in parenting. How can it unlock puzzles in better understanding our children and their needs, as well as our own places of brokenness? Do we understand that we all have our own preferred style of parenting? Is it always the best style for a given moment, child, or issue? How might two parents with different approaches come to agree upon in raising a child? And much more!
Please join us for this wonderful episode! Terri and Kim will also be in Salt Lake City to teach a three-day workshop on April 12th–14th. Learn more about that event and if it, or other courses they teach, might be just what you really need at this moment!
To learn more about the upcoming Salt Lake City Parenting workshop (sponsored by Lower Lights Sanga), visit: https://lowerlightsslc.org/classes/parentingworkshop
To learn more about Terri’s and Kim’s other work and courses, visit: https://www.stagesinternational.com/