It started as a joke. A cocky joke, at that. I’d been re-reading my collection of books by Elaine Mazlish and Adele Faber, and feeling pretty good about things with my own kiddos, so I quipped to friends, “Sometimes, I see what’s going on around me, and I want to put myself out there as the Anti-SuperNanny and preach Gentle Discipline and the Innate Wisdom of Children.”
I didn’t expect people to take me seriously.
The next morning, however, my inbox was full of questions. I realized, “Wow, this is a real thing. Parents out there want gentle guidance, just like children do.”
The next thing I realized was that I don’t know everything. I can’t fix everyone’s problems. It’s a darn good thing that isn’t how I was trained.
I offer guidance, not advice. Sometimes I will share suggestions that have worked for other parents. Mostly, I ask questions about what works for you. Just like when helping children solve their own problems, I will often restate the scenario presented to me in such a way that parents can have their own lightbulb moments. Learning is so much more effective when it’s something we achieve ourselves.
Stay tuned. More to come. 🙂 In the meantime, hang in there. YOU know your kids best, you already have the answers.
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