What am I supposed to do? How much should I push? When do I pull back? What is the right answer? When is this child ever going to learn….? Is it human nature or do we learn it in our chaotic world filled with addictions to performance and product and the “shoulds” of life? Most […]
Many power struggles are fought over attempts to get our children to do what we expect in the name of learning to be helpful and take responsibility. Too often our best intentions get derailed. Instead of teaching helpfulness and responsibility, we teach them they are disappointments to us. “When will you ever learn to pick up […]
Are you the parent who says, “Nobody’s going to tell me how to raise my kids. What was good enough for me is good enough for them. I was smacked all the time, and I came out just fine.”
Spells are unconsciously cast by well-meaning parents who do not understand the power of their words and expectations on the developing brains of their children.
We have a new culture of parents accustomed to having the world accessible in their pockets. Parents talk or text pushing a stroller, driving a car, supervising playtime, etc., with apparently no understanding of the effect of their behavior.
My husband was able to sit back and let her find her way through a difficult situation. I clearly was not—she had to do it my way or else. Sound familiar?