Getting Your Kids to Cooperate without Losing Your Cool

Rona Renner, RN., author of Is that Me Yelling?
Getting your kids to cooperate without losing your cool.
Issues: becoming aware of yourself; understanding everyday triggers; adapting your parenting style to your child’s temperament; dealing with the yeller in your family; dealing with difficult situations, disorders, and differences.

Why Can’t They Be More Like Us?

Dear Mr. Dad: Some friends of ours have a very different parenting style than we do. They’re far more concerned with being their children’s friends than in being their parents. We like this couple as people, but my husband and I have a real problem with their parenting and we find ourselves avoiding them more and more. How can we salvage our friendship?

A: Wouldn’t it be nice if all parents had the same values and concerns? Hmm. Probably not—life would be pretty boring that way. Fortunately, though, we’re not lemmings and parents differ, oftentimes in the same family. Usually, these differences aren’t that big a deal and mom and dad figure out on-the-fly workarounds. Other times, they’re the elephant in the room and are impossible to avoid.
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