Redefine Parental Success This Summer by Nurturing a Growth Mindset | Sharon Saline, Psy.D. | 7 Min Read

July 13, 2022

Summer’s here! It’s a time to kick back as a family and enjoy fun times together in lieu of maintaining the structure of school, extracurricular activities, and homework. Take a deep breath and sigh with relief. With more open space and opportunities for spontaneity, the summer also brings a chance for you to reflect on your parenting—to look at what’s going well, what hasn’t been working, and what you might like to change.

This summer, I’ve been thinking a lot about the difference between ‘showing up’ versus ‘managing down’. ‘Showing up’ refers to compassionate parenting: meeting my kids where they are and not where I think they should be; offering choices by using ‘could’ or ‘maybe’; accepting their decisions as their own (excluding harm to self or others); refraining from offering advice unless they ask for it, no matter how much I think it would reduce their struggle. ‘Managing down’, executive parenting, is the opposite: it means telling your kids what they should do based on what you think is right, what you would like to see them do, and what ‘should’ happen to further the success you would like them to achieve. Of course, most…

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Sharon Saline, Psy.D.

Sharon Saline, Psy.D. is a top expert in ADHD and neurodiversity. Dr. Saline specializes in an integrative approach to managing ADHD, anxiety, executive functioning skills, learning differences and mental health issues in neurodiverse and 2e children, teens, college-age adults and families. With over 25 years of clinical experience, she brings a positive, strength-based approach to improving the challenges related to attention, learning and behavior. As a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice in Northampton, MA, Dr. Saline helps people reduce frustration, develop daily living skills, communicate better and feel closer. An internationally sought-after lecturer, workshop facilitator, and educator/clinician trainer, she adeptly addresses topics ranging from making sense of ADHD and executive functioning skills to managing anxiety to understanding the teen brain. You may contact Dr. Sharon Saline at