Raising the next generation – the long game

My sister has two boys. One has just turned two and the other is not yet three months old. She remarked the other day that, with small children, “The days are long and the years are short”. As a Mama of two boys who are hurtling towards adolescence I know this firsthand.

It seems only yesterday that it was my son who was running around bare-bottomed as he learned to use the potty. I can also vividly recall those days when it seemed I did nothing except focus on settling a baby who just wasn’t quite right and I had no idea why.

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No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world

A while ago I had a conversation with a gym member who I see most days. He was asking me about Yes Parenting. He asked how I managed to stick to my guns despite the response from the media and those that comment on the media. I said it was because I believe in Yes Parenting, my children demonstrate the effects of Yes Parenting and my clients rave about Yes Parenting.

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How to say yes to crazy, out of the blue, impractical ideas

•••• Do you say Yes to ideas, no matter how crazy, out of the blue or impractical they might be?! ••••

Saying Yes to an idea does not mean you then have to go ahead and fulfill said idea. It means opening up to what that idea might offer. When we say Yes, and we open up, it is incredible what magic is able to unfold.

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Faith or Fear – which do you choose?

2I recently found myself feeling so excited after scheduling some exciting and important meetings in London with potential Agents. As the meetings approached I noticed that my excitement had rapidly turned to nervousness, even fear. This pattern is not new for me!

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When Has Criticism Ever Helped You?

14650701_10153801948160653_5268679726200472893_nWHEN HAS CRITICISM EVER HELPED YOU OR YOUR CHILDREN?

Isn’t it interesting how quickly we criticise ourselves and our children? Sometimes it can be very subtle but it’s there – any time we see a behaviour or a quality that is ‘less than’ desirable from our perspective.

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Parenting Without Punishment: Tip 4

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CHOOSE COMPASSION, KINDNESS, ACCEPTANCE AND UNDERSTANDING!

When we’re at the point of punishment we have chosen to let our irritation, disappointment, anger or sadness take over. It is almost impossible to choose Punishment if we are in a place of compassion, kindness, acceptance and understanding.

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Parenting Without Punishment: Tip 3

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LET YOUR DESIRE TO PUNISH BE AN INVITATION TO HEAL

When we start thinking about threatening consequences, dishing out punishment or even giving rewards, we are putting ourselves in a position of power *over* our children.

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Parenting Without Punishment: Tip 2

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CHECK IN WITH YOUR INNER CHILD!

I’ve recently connected lots of dots and realised that our Inner Child is in the driving seat for much of our parenting.

• Every time you lean towards punishment I believe it’s your Inner Child calling the shots.

• Noticing that you’re turning into your own Mother? Yep, your Inner Child again.

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