In today’s world, it’s easy for parents to feel competitive and to think they need to parent their children the way “everybody’s doing it,” says family therapist and educator Michael Gurian, author of Nurture The Nature: Understanding and Supporting Your Child’s Unique Core Personality (Jossey-Bass). But it’s important to understand your child as an individual and to set healthy limits that work for your family, he says. We asked Gurian’s advice on some of today’s common parenting challenges.
At some point during my six years as a mother, I realized that no matter what I say or do or teach, my two boys will inevitably, instinctively even, look to their father on how to react to any given situation in life. Simply because he is a male.
Bing-bing-bing! Ever feel like you ricochet violently like a pinball – being your child’s friend and boss? We love our kids. Thoroughly saturated in their busy lives, sometimes we hover. We fret. We juggle it all with the best intentions for their happiness.
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