How can I be a better parent?
Try these 3 tips today, and I can promise that your child will respond positively…
1. Practice really hearing your child.
Too often, the parent is in charge, end of story. But children need a say.
Hearing children doesn’t mean going along with their every wish. As a parent, you need to set boundaries and help children make appropriate choices, but let your kids feel like they have a voice with you!
For example, if a child asks for something he can’t have, rather than saying, “No,” consider saying, “I hear you. That sounds fun, but not right now.” When children feel their parent really listens, they are naturally more willing to listen to their parents.
2. Know where your expectations come from.
Some of our highest expectations for kids are more self-focused than we think.
If you worry about your children missing certain opportunities, take a look at yourself. Are you trying to avoid failures or regrets in your own life? A child is not responsible to protect a parent from uncomfortable emotions.
Tell your child today, “I want to help you be happy being YOU. I love you, just the way you are.”
Which leads me to my most important tip…
3. Honor your child’s true nature.
Children coming to the earth at this time in history are just not willing to sacrifice their true natures—even for a parent!
Children want harmony in their lives and family as much as parents do. But if you push a child to live contrary to her nature, she’ll push back! If there is parent/child conflict in your home, consider the possibility that your child’s true nature is not being honored in some way.
My Energy Profiling system will help you truly honor your child’s nature. To start a journey to better understanding yourself and your children, learn more about Energy Profiling here.
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Become a better parent… Create a better world. Look forward to Carol Tuttle’s new parenting book, due for release in Fall 2012.