Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach to Feature Lecture on “Reflective Parenting” March 28

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Reflective parenting is much more than just the “newest” parenting fad or buzzword. It’s the result of ground breaking research in child development and the study of neurobiology of the developing mind.

It proves that the single best way to positively impact the attachment relationship is to increase a parent’s capacity to reflect on their relationship with their child – to think about the meaning that underlies the behavior. It is single-handedly changing and re-shaping parenting by moving parents from reactive to reflective parenting.

Every parent has been in that situation where they have a frustrating moment with their child, and most of them know that how they handle these moments and conflicts are important. However, few parents realize that how they handle these small moments can have a huge impact on their child moving forward.

Reflective parenting is not only about keeping a close eye on their child’s state of mind and emotion, but keeping an eye on the parents own mindset and emotions as well. Reflective parenting is essentially a combination of empathy, patience and intuition—this brings about a greater understanding of the child, and can give parents the skills to diffuse those difficult moments.

One of the greatest things about reflective parenting is it can benefit every single parent or caregiver, no matter their family situation. From kids dealing with traumatic stress after a loss of a parent, and their aunt is now taking over their care, to kids with a strong nuclear family – reflective parenting can bring about positive change.

Regina Pally, M.D., assistant clinical professor in the UCLA Department of Psychiatry and co-founder of the Center for Reflective Parenting, has brought the topic of reflective parenting to Long Beach. Dr. Pally has taught courses on the interface of psychoanalysis and neuroscience.

“We are excited to have Dr. Pally as the keynote speaker for 2014 Katherine White, M.D., Lectureship,” says David Michalik, DO, associate program director, pediatric residency. “As co-founder of the Center for Reflective Parenting, a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing healthy child development by strengthening the parent-child relationship, Dr. Pally places incredible importance on the interpersonal relationships we all have with not just each other, but ourselves. Her innovative program utilizes the latest findings in child development, psychology, psychoanalysis and neuroscience to achieve these goals.”

Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach is hosting its 24th Annual Katherine White, M.D., Guest Lectureship Symposium on Friday, March 28 to define reflective thinking and describe three key steps involved in building a reflective relationship between yourself and your child. The event starts at 7 a.m. is free and open to the public. Registration is complimentary, but space is limited. To register, call (562) 933-0100.

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