5 Tips to Help Parents and Kids Live Together Lovingly
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5 Tips to Turn The Tide:
Parents and Kids Living Together Lovingly
Eleven-year-old Grace had always been a challenge, but the last two years
everything had become a struggle with her parents. Grace wanted more freedom;
Mom needed to keep a watchful eye. Grace thought Dad was overbearing; Dad
thought Grace inconsiderate. Explosions erupted constantly and no one knew how
to turn the tide.
Parents often complain to me about their kids' behavior. They are relieved but
dumbfounded when others compliment them on their well-behaved children. "Why
don't I ever see that kid?" they ask. If this sounds familiar, take heart. Your
child's awful behavior is a sign of comfort, of trust in your love and
consistency. He knows he can dish out the worst and you won't abandon him. You
might chastise, punish, or yell, but you won't stop being his parents.
Invite your child's imagination into the conversation of improving family
harmony - it can give you a gentle way to clear the air and validate the
deepest parts of him as you open communication channels.
Like Grace's family, if you and your child sometimes struggle to get along,
your family may appreciate these ideas:
(1) Listen With an Open Heart:
Encourage your child to share his concerns about you. Let him know there won't
be any recriminations for what he says - what's important is honesty. Let him
know you care about his feelings and no matter how impossible the situation
seems, you can work it out. Listen for the hurt or need behind any angry words:
"You never listen to me," is less a statement of fact than a plea for
connection. Nor do you have to give in to every request; just being heard and
understood can release resentment.
(2) Balance with Good Techno Thoughts
If your kid is besotted with new technology, use its language to engage her
imagination when you're trying to communicate better. It puts you in her world.
Maybe she can watch an imaginary iPhone video where you guys are getting along.
Or text her loving messages a few times a day. Let her know you're on her
Read the rest of the tips in Psychology Today here.
*Adapted from The Power of Your Child's Imagination: How to Transform Stress
and Anxiety into Joy and Success.
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