At the moment there’s a huge debate swirling about the so-called collapse of parenting. My colleague did a great job summing up what most parenting experts do agree on, part of which is strengthening the parent-child relationship. But what does that look like?
It’s easy to parent when everyone is calm, but what about when our child is acting out or when they have a temper tantrum that goes on and on? Let’s be honest – it is easier to give in, isn’t it? (Help me out here!)
The video below made me laugh and it really hit home. Sometimes I give in like the boss did, just to keep the peace. Check it out to see if you can relate:
We all love our kids, so of course we want to have a good relationship with them, but the latest parenting research shows that a strong parent-child relationship does not mean being your child’s best friend.
Part of having a strong parent-child relationship means children need clear and realistic expectations that are applied consistently using natural and logical consequences. Children are better behaved when parents use positive discipline. Positive discipline helps children develop respect, self-control, self-confidence and sensitivity to others. It is possible to be loving yet firm, to connect before we correct, and to have a backbone as a parent (strong yet flexible, rather than a jellyfish or a stone wall).
Nobody’s perfect. We are all learning on the job and doing our best. Come back Monday to check out “Considering the Collapse of Parenting: we’re just trying to survive“.
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