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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

say goodbye to father knows best

Children currently have a crisis of self-regulation and are taught to focus more on individual achievement rather than be contributors to their communities including families, neighborhoods and friends. Some of this stems from social media and an overabundance of participation trophies, but some of this stems from authoritative parenting. Instead of fostering a relationship where power and control reigns and punishments are handed down, parents should teach children how to self-regulate within the structure of consequences. If there is a bad behavior, the child knows in advance that repercussions will occur.  This approach takes more forgiveness, patience and experimentation as you and your child navigate challenges together.  "Our lives are messy, and our homes should not be shrines to perfection. They are places where we go to experiment. Our kids are always changing."  cnn
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