I believe the genuine acceptance of your children is the most critical aspect of parenting. It is a beautiful paradox of life that when children feel genuinely accepted as they are, they feel free to develop, grow and change.

However majority of parents believe that if you accept your child they will just stay the same. Therefore use 'correcting messages' such as  judging, criticizing, preaching, ordering, name-calling, etc.

It was such a humbling experience when I realised that I was doing myself and my children no favours by advising, reassuring, and giving facts.
 
What's most important is to convey your acceptance through listening and nonintervention. I believe you will be pleasantly suprised  at just how many problems children can solve on their own.

kJ xxxx



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