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children succeed in taking the lead, they become increasingly difficult to
parent and to teach. We, the adults responsible for them, become depleted,
and no matter how much we do for our children, it never seems to satisfy.
When children take charge, they are also robbed of the conditions they need
to mature and realize their full potential. The solution lies not in
parenting tips and techniques but in clearly understanding where we have
gone off track and then restoring the relationship to its proper context.
Don't be too hard on yourself! Parenting little people can be so tough on the best of days; being under additional stress just makes things rougher. I'm sorry!
Could it be that your toddler is still adjusting to having a new sibling? My 28mo has been really testing limits and boundaries since his brother was born last month. A friend sent me these links that really helped put things in perspective:
And if you feel like your relationship with your toddler is out of balance, it might be helpful to read/watch some Gordon Neufeld on right relationships.
And here's a link to the DVDs:
http://www.gordonneufeld.com/booksvideos.php (It's the Power to Parent series, just scroll a teeny bit)
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