Kids behave according to the perceptions they have of themselves. So, think about your daily communication with your child. Do they think of themselves as lazy, naughty, loud, annoying, stupid, not good enough, that they can’t make good decisions and their needs are unimportant? Or do they see themselves as capable, able, valued, understood, that their needs and wants are accepted and valid? Children’s beliefs about themselves are formed through our every-day interactions and the words we … [Read more…]

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I get it!  Parenting is hard work, sometimes it is a struggle just to make it through the day. Threats are easy, they roll off the tongue so quickly and to begin with we might even think that they work.  However, the positive results we get from threatening our children with consequences are mostly short term. If you take a deep breath and step back, you can become aware that our own behaviour and reactive … [Read more…]

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Without the usual threats, bribes and punishments  Most of us parent on auto pilot, the way we were parented is engrained into our psyche. Parenting decisions handed down from the generation before.  From the way, we handle tantrums, back talk or not listening. I spent years following the advice of generations before, “be stronger, show her who’s boss, take things away.” I felt my tempers rising, the shouting getting stronger and the power struggles mounting. … [Read more…]

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