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strong willed children

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…

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…

Does your “easy” child get too little attention?

Most parents of more than one child will find that they have what you could term one ‘easy’ child. Your ‘easy’ child doesn’t fuss. At least not as much as your more strong-willed child. Your ‘easy’ child tends to get on with things, follows instructions willingly and has an amenable temperament that the whole family…

‘Raising a strong-willed child’ Workshop, December 7th 2022

· When our children cry, dig their heels in - or have gotten themselves into a place that they can't get out of - do everyone a favour and offer a way out ·

Hard against hard is always going to result in some sort of explosion! However hard and triggering it can feel when our children refuse to comply with our instructions – letting our frustration get the better of us and giving them ultimatums is always a sign that we feel powerless. While some children back down…

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