Many caring moms and dads today have turned away from the authoritarian parent model they may have grown up with. The new approach is often influenced by the belief that a parent should be a child’s friend. In that role, it’s hard to say “no.” When kids only hear “Yes, of course you can, sweetheart.” how can they learn to deal with life’s inevitable frustrations, obstacles, and set-backs and become responsible and resilient? And how can parents live under the stress of having to be the “perfect” parent all the time? “Perfect parents don’t raise perfect children,” says Karen Deerwester, parent coach and author of The Entitlement-free Child. “They raise children who feel not good enough.” Annie talks with Karen about we got here and how parents can give kids a “voice and a choice” without giving them the power to call all the shots.
About Karen Deerwester (@FamilyTimeInc)
Karen Deerwester is a highly respected parenting coach and educator. She is the founder of Family Time Coaching & Consulting and has been inspiring and supporting parents and professionals in all aspects of “living with children” for 30+ years. Karen’s books include The Entitlement-Free Child: Raising Responsible and Confident Kids in a “Me, Mine, Now!” Culture, The Playskool Guide to Potty Training and The Potty Training Answer Book, winner of the 2008 NAPPA Gold Award for parenting resources. Learn more about Karen and her work at FamilyTimeInc
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