13 September 2010

Personal Touch

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In our Personal Touch with Rebecca Cressman segment, she interviews Tom Dozier. Tom and Pam Dozier have been married for 35 years and have 4 children and 4 grandchildren. Tom became interested in behavioral parenting skills after experiencing problems with teenagers. He read “What’s a Parent To Do?” by Dr. Glenn I. Latham and was so struck by the power of the ideas in the book, he went back to college and received a graduate certificate in Behavior Analysis from the University of North Texas in 2004. He is a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (behavior scientist), and is a certified parenting instructor for “Parenting Tools for Positive Behavior Change” which is used in Florida to train Foster Parents. Tom has taught parenting classes in the Livermore, California area since 2003 and provides parent coaching and resources on http://www.ldsparentcoach.org/. Tom's goal is to provide LDS families the help they need to succeed.

Aren’t we glad that parenthood starts (for most people) with babies? Although, I know of a couple of young ladies who married someone who already came with children, and one of them in her twenties was stepmom to teenagers. Yikes! In my opinion, we are given that which we can handle. Tom Dozier wrote his article “Help with Unruly Teens.” His opinion is as follows: “The teenage years are naturally tumultuous and difficult on both teens and parents. If you are struggling with teenage behavior, here are some resources that can help. First, ask yourself, “Just how difficult is my teenager?” I like that, you know, there’s a starting point, a simple question to ask yourself, and then you go from there. Where, is totally between you and your teen.

To show that we have resources to help teenagers, we have two examples of how parents are dealing with their kids. From Mormon Women, contributor Jenny brought her article “We Believe: Daughters of Our Heavenly Father.” To help teenage girls, we as parents should use the material prepared by the church: For the Strength of Youth and the Young Women program. Jenny says: “My teenage daughter is a Young Woman in the church. While her dad and I do all we can to teach her at home, we know that in this world it is not enough. We need support from another source, and so does she — and the youth program provides it.”

To have the boy’s side, we pulled up this video we found at Mormon Women. It portrays the relationship between a father and his son, and how they fixed the friction that existed between the two of them. Relationships are not easy, and we should nurture and treasure the ones that are eternal.

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  1. Thanks for the links. Raising children is such a responsibility -- it's a blessing to have the gospel to help us along the way and to guide and teach our children truths that can help them in their lives.

  2. I am glad that we got your comment, and that you had such great material to work with. We try to get as many people as we can to share good articles.


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