Practical Parenting: U is for

U-is-for-underestimateAs parents we often underestimate what our children are capable of when it comes to taking responsibility.

Responsibility of their toys, their clothes, their ability to contribute to a family conversation, or plans. Even a two year old knows what he likes or dislikes. We should invite our children’s comments and ideas by asking age-appropriate questions, e.g. would you like bolognaise or cottage pie to a five year old. As long as they know the difference between these two meals, you have already decided you are going to use mince and the essential ingredients are similar – but imagine if you had invited him to help make the meal and then he could proudly announce to Dad at supper time, “Mommy and I made the cottage pie” – or if he chopped up the salad (with a blunt or plastic knife) .

In my experience children, who have contributed to making the meal will be enthusiastic consumers of it too!


About parentcoachsa

Steph has over 30 year's experience working with families to design child care solutions and supporting parents to be the best parents they can be. In addition she has worked with corporates to find work-life balance solutions for their staff. As a practitioner I have become increasingly aware that work-life balance has become a critical issue, particularly in an age in which the demands of work are often at odds with home and family life. I am passionate about family life, it is the catalyst for every other relationship we have - in every other area of life, we expect to study, get a qualification, try something on appro , we want to feel in control - however it is the one area of life, that none of the above applies - Babies do not arrive with a parenting manual! It is my privilege as a Parent and Life Coach, to partner with you as you take hold of the challenges you are facing in your family, in your life and work with you , supporting you to achieve the decisions and outcomes you are choosing for your family and for your life. It is my job, to keep you on track, to cheer you on, when the "going gets tough". Through coaching, understanding of yourself and your child, and his or her phase of development will enable you to consciously develop a parenting style that will benefit you and your family.
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