Do children knowingly misbehave and manipulate parents?

Do you ever wonder if your kids plot, plan or simply know how to get their way? I’ve heard many parents say that their children know exactly how to manipulate them to get what they want and that it’s both young children and teens who knowingly and consciously misbehave and choose not to do the right things.

If you’re wondering if your little angel could really be that clever find out what brain science has to say on this topic as I interview my fabulous guest Dawson Church PhD.

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How children learn and thrive: swapping discipline with empathy and education

How children learn and thrive: swapping discipline with empathy and education

When it comes to parenting, discipline is a very controversial topic. There are many approaches parents use to discipline their kids including: time out, hitting, spanking and a variety of rewards and punishments. In many cases parents simply do what was done to them as kids, other parents choose to do the exact opposite.

Do you need positive parenting advice and parenting strategies to support your child’s development? The key is to consider whether discipline is the best way to raise happy, healthy and well balanced children? And if so, which forms of discipline are best?

This is the definition of discipline from the online dictionary:

"The practice of training people to obey rules or a code of behaviour, using punishment to correct disobedience".

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How Your Beliefs about Parenting Affect How You Parent

Our Beliefs play a huge role in our lives because they affect how we act in the world. Here are some examples of negative beliefs that clearly shape how we act and our life experiences:

  1. I'm not deserving of love
  2. I can't speak in public
  3. I have a terrible singing voice
  4. I'm a terrible parent
  5. If you give kids an inch they'll take an arm ...

Dr Robyn Mills from the Difference Radio and Dr Rosina McAlpine explore some of the many beliefs about parenting and child development looking (listen here) at how they impact the lives of parents and kids. Positive beliefs inspire positive actions just as negative beliefs can result in hurtful actions and unhappiness.

Every parent, teacher, grandparent will come away from the discussion with tools to explore their own beliefs and learn how to choose positive beliefs that empower parents and children to live happy, healthy and meaningful lives. Hope you can join us.

Developing the skills to be a great parent

Join Dr Rosina McAlpine and Dr Robyn Mills as they explore how to develop the knowledge and skills to be a great parent (listen here).  You wouldn't drive a car without months of practice and reading the law in regard to driving on our roads.  You wouldn't go out on a professional football field without years of training and understanding the rules of the game.  You wouldn't cut someone's hair without instruction and experience ... yet most of us became parents and learnt our skills on the job and only got help if a crisis occurred.  

Dr Rosina McAlpine became a parent 6 years ago and since then she's been researching the latest in child development and  parenting. You'll hear about the skills and knowledge parents need to be proactive in parenting rather than just reactive.  We all know that parenting is one of the most important roles in life, and the more tools and knowledge you have the easier and more enjoyable it is!