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“Yelling creates the Illusion that you’re actually correcting misbehavior."
After a long day filled with power struggles, Sharon Silver’s light bulb moment came when she reached out to give her 3 yr. old son a hug and he pulled away from her assuming she was going to spank him. Crushed, she realized she’d turned her beautiful child’s trust in her into fear of her, and she never spanked again! Then it dawned on her—she had a problem. How was she supposed to make it clear that misbehavior, lack of cooperation, and disrespect was not okay?
This problem turned out to be a great gift; it forced her to become a parent educator and find ways to respond to her children instead of reacting to them. Audiences love Sharon’s practical do-able tips and ideas for responding, not reacting, to the daily issues that arise when parenting.
She is an educator, author, speaker, and blogger. She blends her 5 certifications in parenting with research-based early childhood development, introspective empowering philosophies, and 30 years of teaching practical parenting skills to help parents focus on raising kids using an authentic authority.
Sharon is the author of two books, Stop Reacting and Start Responding and Why is Yelling My Go-To Tool? and contributor to Parents Ask, Experts Answer. Her books are unique in the parenting world because they include a child’s point of view, a crucial component for success.
As the founder of Proactive Parenting, based in San Francisco CA, Sharon has been an online radio and TV host, a weekly blogger for PopSugar, Circle of Moms and Life 360, a guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Fox News, and been interviewed by Parenting magazine, CNN Health, and countless radio, newspapers and blogs.
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Sample Questions for Interviews of 10 minutes or less
- You say there are two words that can stop disrespect without reacting? What are the two words? (Answer takes 2 minutes)
You say, “Misbehavior isn’t a bad thing.” That’s counterintuitive to how most parents feel about misbehavior. What do you mean by that?
(Answer takes 1 min.)
I’ve heard of skipping rope, or using a rope to tie something off, but you say a rope can teach you about a power struggle? What does that mean?
(Answer takes 1.5 minutes)
Parents get frustrated. It’s normal. But you say, “Frustration can help you respond instead of react.” How does that work? (Answer takes 1.5 min.)
I noticed you offer a lot of responsive ways to deal with the daily things in life, not just theory. What tips do you have for kids who need a great deal of attention? (Answer takes 1.5 min.)
Parents argue with kids about food all the time. You have an interesting way to address this issue so no one needs to react. Tell us about it.
(Answer takes 1.5 min.)
We’ve all heard parents say, “Can’t you see I’m talking?!” in a tone of voice that sounds like yelling. Is there a responsive way to deal with interrupting? (Answer takes 2 min.)
You say, there’s something that’s usually used for vacation can interfere with parenting. What’s that? (Answer takes 1.5 minutes)
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Sample Questions for Interviews longer than 10 minutes
1. How did you become interested in becoming a parent educator?
2. Can you explain why parents lose their patience so quickly?
3. Why do parents find themselves yelling at their kids about their behavior?
4. You say there are two words that can stop disrespect without needing to react. What are they?
5. You say misbehavior isn’t a bad thing. That’s counter-intuitive to how most parents feel. What do you mean by that?
6. What’s one specific thing a parent can do to build high self-esteem?
7. How can we correct misbehavior without yelling? And how can we get our kids to actually listen to us?
8. Correcting behavior can cause a disconnection between parent and child, especially during the tween and teen years. You say you can correct behavior and remain connected to your child. Can you share what you mean?
9. Parenting can be emotionally exhausting. Why do you think that is? And what, if anything, can we do to recharge?
10. What can you say about those kids who always argue with us? Is this normal? What can we do to change this?
11. Some kids seem to shut down when corrected. They won’t acknowledge what they have done, or say why they did what they did. What can a parent do?
12. Parents seem to constantly argue with younger kids about food. You say you have an interesting way to deal with this, tell us about it.
13. We’ve all heard parents use that tone of voice when they’re talking on the phone or to another adult. They say, “Can’t you see I’m talking?” Is there a more responsive way to address the situation?