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Building a Healthy Relationship with Your Child

Building a healthy relationship with your child begins with choices you make each day.

  • When you take the time to listen to your child, instead of brushing her off, you are building connections.
  • When you respond in a manner that validates her feelings instead of invalidating them, you are teaching her to be caring.
  • When you help her to choose appropriate actions, you are helping her to be more competent.
Coaching Tips
  • Connect instead of disconnect.
  • Assist instead of taking over.
  • Listen rather than lecture.
  • Stop firmly rather than grabbing or jerking.
  • Help instead of abandon.
  • Explain instead of force.
  • State rather than shriek.
  • Smile more, frown less.
  • Think about your relationship in the long run.
  • Start with a single step.
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From the book KIDS, PARENTS, AND POWER STRUGGLES: Winning for a Lifetime by Mary Sheedy Kurcinka, published by HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. Copyright 2000 by Mary Sheedy Kurcinka. All rights reserved.

Buy the book at www.harpercollins.com.


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