Emotionally-Safe Parenting with Dr. Josh Straub

“Our emotional ceiling as parents will be our children's floor.”

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Dr. Josh Straub, co-founder of Famous at Home, is a kindred spirit of ours. Like us, Josh and his wife, Christi’s, life work is centered around emotional intelligence and emotional safety. When applied to marriage and parenting, emotional safety reaps fruits of joy. In this conversation, Dr. Josh Straub discusses how emotional safety is the key to helping your children develop in a healthy way. And hint: parenting with emotional safety is more about who we become as parents than it is about any tactic or parenting strategy we do. When you practice emotional safety at home, it can drastically change how your kids turn out for the better. Today we’re diving into what that looks like!

Guest Bio

Dr. Josh Straub is a speaker, author, marriage, and leadership coach, as well as a podcast and TV co-host. Josh has a Ph.D. in counseling; however, the role he loves the most is his role as a husband and dad to his three children. Josh and his wife, Christi, lead Famous at Home, a company whose goal is to equip leaders and corporations in emotional intelligence and healthy family systems. He is also a Fellow of the Townsend Institute for Leadership and Counseling. In his spare time, Josh enjoys boating and watching Penn State play football.

Key Takeaways

  • If you want to raise emotionally healthy kids, you have to pursue emotional health for yourself.
  • “Emotional safety in the home leads to every major outcome we desire.” 
  • We can honor our parents while acknowledging their shortcomings. Our parents did the best they could with the resources they were given in their upbringing.
  • The top three parenting strategies to get the outcomes we want in our kids have nothing to do with a direct relationship with our child; instead, it has more to do with who we are becoming. (“Becoming” is a key word in our conversation!)
  • A good place to start exploring emotional safety is utilizing a feelings chart and intentionally allowing emotional language to be common vernacular in the home.
  • Doing the work to improve your generational history is not always easy, but it has an impact that truly does last generations.

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