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mutual respect

When the parenting tools don’t work

· As a well-read parent you know many of the strategies offered by parenting experts, you've bought the books and know the theory. But there is a sense that despite the best will in the world, the tools are not enough. This is a familiar but less talked about block to parenting more consciously ·

These days it is pretty easy to know a lot about many things. On social media the squares are filled with sage advice, memes and expert opinion neatly presented and easy to agree with in theory. Yet, one thing is to be able to wrap our intellectual mind around a concept – it is quite…

Who’s responsible for the atmosphere in your home?

· When our children start speaking to us in ways that we don't like it is time to get curious. Yet, often we respond to disrespectful language and harsh attitudes like it is our child's job to change the tune. Here's why this approach will make you wait a long time, and what you can do right now to re-boot unwanted dynamics ·

Responsibility. It feels like a heavy word. But for a parent the concept of responsibility isn’t exactly foreign. From the moment we meet our little human we are acutely aware of our responsibility. Which is why we do everything we do from; Making sure they have a balanced diet, that they brush their teeth, they…

Manners… please!

· We can make our child say 'please and thank you' but we cannot make our child feel grateful. How then, do we go about raising genuinely grateful children who are able to offer a sincere apology? ·

One of the many things I love about British culture is the politeness. The many phrases available in the English language express gratitude and apology. Contrast that by my native Denmark where we take a more relaxed to manners. For starters, the word ‘please’ doesn’t exist in the Danish language. I am pro manners, as…

Three reasons threats don’t work as a motivation strategy

· You might think to yourself; threats never did me any harm when I stepped out line. So what's the big problem? The thing is, threats work in the here and now but don't give you what you ultimately yearn for ·

I think very few parents can say they’ve never given a threat when faced with a child who just WILL NOT listen. After all, most of us were raised in this way. “Do this..or…” ‘Threat’ may sound like an exaggeration to you. But if a friend or your partner talked to you in this way…

Is your child attention seeking?

· How you interpret your child's behaviour hugely influences how you respond and what your child ultimately comes to think of himself. There is often more to 'attention seeking' behaviour than meets the eye. Viewing your child's behaviour in a new light is the key to less conflict and better cooperation. ·

“He’s just doing it to get your attention” You may have heard this type of comment from your partner, parents or friends whenever your child is behaving in ways that push your buttons. You might even have come to believe it yourself. Because what other explanation could there possibly be when your child says A…

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