Hands off approach to parenting to make your life easier now and later. Source : The Week, 1 September 2012 (initial source : The Times)
-“Don’t be their entertainment director”. Let them get bored in their bedroom or the garden. Force them to use their imagination and think by themselves
-“Lose the buggy when they reach three”. See prior post from Me and little Miss A.
-“Don’t stop sibling squabbles. They will learn about compromise, survival and the art of negotiation”. I find that impossible but I will try!
-“Shovering children with praise – such as for brushing their teeth – can lead to an unappealing sense of self-entitlement”. You have to find the right balance between enough praise and too much praise, but also descriptive praise. Hmm, not easy but worth giving it a try I think. See prior post Calmer Easier Happier Parenting.
-“Don’t indulge fussy eating or make a big deal out of food, as they’ll just find something to complain about”. Not easy for fussy eaters. Join the club!
-“No phonics until school”. Let them enjoy school and when they are ready, they will learn and they will love it.
-“Forget flashy toys. Research suggests they are no better than traditional ones”.
I found those tips developed by psychologist Madeline Levine pretty straight forward but sometimes it’s good to be reminded.
Me & The Boys