Changing my parenting approach is requiring constant vigilance. Sometimes I find myself just itching for a time-out, or I'm tempted to turn my head to ignore unwanted behaviors.
In case you're joining us here for the first time, I've been applying a radically different parenting approach ever since reading Unconditional Parenting, by Alfie Kohn. While it's challenging to re-train myself and how I respond to my son, I'm finding that the rewards are well worth the effort!
In general, here's an update on how it's going so far:
- Our relationship has gone from power struggles to cuddles; tons more affection from him and I'm LOVING it!
- His frequent tantrums have all but disappeared.
- He's far more responsive and willing to cooperate with me.
Pretty cool results, huh?
I know many of you reading this blog have also begun reading the book. How is it going for you?