Parents are saying discipline, consequences, time out and stickers don’t work. Parents are presenting as more and more defeated when it comes to managing the behavior of their children. They have a long list of tried that – didn’t work scenarios including many of the more popular parenting programs. What’s up with that? Why does it seem near impossible to get kids to listen? What can parents do differently?
To know what to do differently, we first need to appreciate what’s at play creating challenges out of children’s behavior and undermining parental authority. This brief history of the world is needed – or at least a brief history of the past 70 years. It goes like this:
- 1950’s: Intact two parent families with a primary breadwinner and a primary homemaker;
- 1960’s: Women’s Movement begins and gender equality begins to be examined publicly;
- 1970’s: No-fault divorce appears in many jurisdictions, divorce…
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