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June 7, 2016 59 min
Real progress often starts with pandemonium.
If you are tired of the gorilla chatter and constant arguments about who is to blame, I promise you, this is a discussion of which you'll want to be a part.

The unfortunate loss of an innocent animal's life has caused a significant shift in a collective concern.

If anything positive has come out of the traumatic incident at the Cincinnati Zoo, it's that we've opened up a dialogue for parents across the country who are tired of being blamed. Moms on every social site are admitting that they are relieved that this didn't happen to THEM and confessing to the shame and fear that taints their parenting abilities on a constant basis. We are finally standing up in unison and crying ...

"We've Had Enough!"
Parents are sick and tired of being attacked. No matter how we do it, it seems we are doing it wrong. It's no wonder we have lost faith in ourselves and hesitate every time we need to make a parenting decision.

We are getting mixed messages.
We are condemned for helicopter parenting in the same breath... as NOT helicopter parenting.

We rant about childhood obesity... but keep our children inside like caged animals because we are too busy to hover over them as they play outside.

We grumble that our children are too entitled, but we won't allow them to experience anything adverse on their own and we get attacked if we ever let them make a mistake.

We are deteriorating.
Shame parenting has infected us like a virus and it's slowly wearing away any joy that the promise of being a parent was supposed to bring.

If we as a society keep blaming and shaming one another, we will scare future parents out of populating the planet.

It's getting serious, people.

We are risking the future existence of our grandchildren. We are preventing our children from learning basic coping skills and the ability to flourish as adults. Worst of all...

On Today's Show
I'm thrilled to re-welcome my dear friend and regular This Little Parent contributor, Rick Clemons, the most perfect person I could think of to guide us in this discussion.

If we want to overcome shame, we should learn from those who are most experienced.
As a highly recognized author and passionate benefactor in the LBGTQ community, Rick has worked with shame victims his entire career. Known as "The Coming Out" coach, Rick came out to his family before helping many other gay fathers follow in a similar path.

Also being discussed on today's show...
Rick will be talking about How to Make your Quirk Work!
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