How to yield the biggest influence over your child

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How to yield the biggest influence over your child

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When parents work outside their homes, sometimes they worry about whether they actually can have influence on their child. What about where the child is all day. In daycare, with peers, with classmates, with teachers, with nannies. Are they actually having the influence they want to raise a great kid? The truth is that no one can have your relationship with your child. What happens at home will always be much more important then what happens in school with nanny with anyone else, because no one else is your child's mother or father, but you can strengthen that relationship even when you are working full time, outside the home, by making sure that when you are at home with your child, you are really connecting. Don't get lost in your screen. Just turn off screens for the evening while your child is still awake, and use that time for family time. It's that time to really connect, because you want to always be the main influence on your child and you can't have that unless you are there building a relationship every day.

Learn about: How to yield the biggest influence over your child from Laura Markham, PhD,...

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Laura Markham, PhD

Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Laura Markham is the author of Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids: How to Stop Yelling and Start Connecting. She earned her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Columbia University and has worked as a parenting coach with countless parents across the English-speaking world, both in person and via phone. You can find Dr. Laura online at AhaParenting.com, the website of Aha! Moments for parents of kids from birth through the teen years, where you can sign up for her free daily inspiration email.  Dr. Laura lives in New York with her husband and her kids, who are now 17 and 21.

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