Archive for October, 2011

Parenting With Confidence: Less Bribing, Less Threatening and Less Exhaustion

Saturday, October 1, 2011


Imagine a job description for today’s generation of parents. What attributes promise success? Some would say that parenting requires wisdom, humor, patience and organization skills, for starters. It also requires good management skills, a sense of moderation, flexibility, intuition, empathy and persistence. As metropolitan parents, we need time to chauffeur our kids to soccer and “quality” time to engage our children without e-mails or answering machines.

How can any one person qualify? And, in order to parent with confidence, where is the job training in the face of such varied and ever-changing demands? To add to our angst, we parents have only limited influence, within a relatively short period of time, to learn new skills, practice and determine what is effective for our particular child.

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