Fostering respect in your children

Childhood Development Specialist Marcy Axness, PhD, shares advice for parents on the best methods for getting your children to respect you
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Fostering respect in your children

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My most politicaly incorrect parenting tip is that parenting the young child does have some things in common with dog training. We lose our children´s admiration and respect when we lose it, when we get real upset or angry. It is a mammalian thing. All animal behaviorists know that when you are training a horse or a dog, if you get upset and angry, you lose their respect. And therefore, you lose your ability to teach them. And so, when it is necessary to reprimand your child, strive to do it without any look of anger or god forbid, hatred in your eyes. Do it from a very calm because we are not being doormat parents. We definitely are setting clear boundaries but if you have to scold your child, do it with just a heartfull of love. And therefore, you preserve the child´s respect and you preserve your connection.

Childhood Development Specialist Marcy Axness, PhD, shares advice for parents on the best methods for getting your children to respect you

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Marcy Axness, PhD

Childhood Development Specialist

Marcy Axness, PhD, is an early development specialist, popular international speaker, and author of Parenting for Peace: Raising the Next Generation of Peacemakers. She is a top blogger at Mothering.com and a member of their expert panel. Featured in several documentary films as an expert in adoption, prenatal development and Waldorf education, Dr. Axness has a private practice coaching parents-in-progress. She considers as one of her most important credentials that she raised two peacemakers to share with the world -- Ian and Eve, both in their 20s. 

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