Do you go from dealing with one issue to the next in your kids’ lives? Like putting out spot fires hoping you can keep everything under control and stop a bushfire from happening in your family.
Many families are caught up in Crisis Parenting. Crisis parenting is much like the business term: Crisis Management. This is where the manager is dealing with one crisis after the next, no forward planning, no strategies, no direction. There’s plenty of action but all happening because of one crisis happening after another. This is how we parent too. We deal with one negative behaviour after the next, no forward planning, no strategies, no direction but plenty of action – but all happening because of one negative behaviour happening after another.
As parents we want to do the best job we can. We read books, do parenting courses, discuss with family and friends; we have all this information to help us raise morally mature children and yet we don’t use this information until there is a problem. We start teaching our child in the middle of our telling off. This is very ineffective.
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