What do you think of when you hear the terms ‘gentle parenting’ or ‘conscious parenting’? That it is just a bunch of parents too scared to say “no” to their child, and letting their kids do what they want, whenever they want, regardless of consequence?
In this episode, I wanted to give you my thoughts behind conscious and gentle parenting. These opinions are my own, and I’m sure they differ from many who follow a similar parenting approach, however I receive countless messages across my social media daily centred around sibling rivalry, tantrums and discipline. How do I actually discipline my three boys, not just theories behind why I do what I do, but what do I actually do in the moment, and how do I handle their rough play, fighting and emotions.
We’ve all had the nights that we look at our sleeping child and think, “I wasn’t the parent I wanted to be today”, and that’s ok. We aren’t supposed to be perfect. Our kids don’t need perfect parents. We are all learning, all improving and we are here to do the work.
I hope some of these thoughts and techniques help you return some calm to the chaos.
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Further Help/ Resources:
- Rough housing in boys, Sibling Rivalry: www.maggiedent.com. Maggie Dent is an author, educator, and parenting and resilience specialist with a particular interest in the early years and adolescence. Commonly known as the “Queen of common sense” she is also an undisputed ‘boy champion’.
- Resources on tantrums, gentle parenting and child sleep- Sarah Ockwell-Smith: The Gentle Sleep Book sarahockwell-smith.com
- Resources on the Cognitive ability of Kids and Emotional Regulation- The Brooklyn Way: Emotional Regulation Resources / Zones of Emotions (Red, Orange, Green) IG @_the.brooklyn.way and the-brooklyn-way-by-ng.myshopify.com
- Techniques on emotional regulation- Katie Holohan: Holistic Health Service IG @raisinghealthfulkids
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