There’s really no “right way” to have this conversation. What matters is that you are attuned to your children’s needs and can respond accordingly. These ideas may be useful depending on your child’s age, and their willingness to talk.
You’re thinking about your to-do list and your grocery list and that thing you wish you hadn’t said and that person from school who still has no idea how much they hurt you. Your brain never stops.
When something requires willpower, many children give up, get distracted, or refuse to do as they’re asked. New research suggests a fun way to help us get stuff done with our kids called the “Batman Effect”.
Tears streamed down my child’s face. The frustration was clear, but the real issue wasn’t. Was it exhaustion? A misunderstanding? I never figured it out.
Ironically, it’s when we stop throwing our authority around and focus instead on building our relationship with our children that they begin to feel safe. We become trustworthy and our influence grows.
There’s nothing wrong with giving advice. But there is a right way and wrong way to give advice if you want to have a relationship, where they value your opinion.
The latest research tells us that most Aussie kids (around two-thirds) are using their screens significantly more than expert guidelines suggest is healthy.
In this podcast Dr Justin Coulson shares his top 4 tips for keeping our anger in check, staying calm and being kind to our children (even when we think they don’t deserve it).
“I’m a Christian, but I don’t understand why the church creates so many rules for sex,” 17-year-old Alex says. “Where in the Bible does it say it’s off-limits for singles?
I asked, “How did Abbie feel when you did that?” Her reply: “Sad”. I asked, “What is the best way to help her feel good?”