The Parent-Child Dance: Strategies and Techniques for Staying One Step Ahead by Ronald A. Kotkin and Aubrey H. Fine is a 10 Chapter book which helps parents understand how to relate to their children better.
In her book she mentions about the spectrum of different parenting styles and how kids react to the different styles. What comes easily for us may seem to be different for the child who is trying it for the first time.
Each chapter revolves around problems that parents and children face and suggestions on how they can solve them. Various scenario are raised and solutions given on how to address them.
For example it can be frustrating to get kids to listen and carry out your instruction. Their attention span is very limited and sometimes they do not intentionally want to forget about what you have instructed them. A good way is to produce a pictorial chart for the child so that they can refer to what they have to do. Sometimes it is not that the child is not compliant but the fact that there was poor communication between the child and parents.
Children will always challenge us one way or another. We need to have a plan so that we can take a appropriate path of action if the need arises in different situations.
I enjoyed reading the book as it had clear explanations of why children behave in a certain manner and the rational behind their actions.
Many a times the parenting books do not give a practical alternative to how to handle certain obstacles that most parents face and just quote theory after theory. The summary points at the end of each chapter also makes it easier to focus on and certainly deserve a thumbs up by me.
Ronald and Aubery’s book give tips that are certainly doable and make it easy for the parent to follow through
As parents we need to display a united front and have a clear stance regarding how we would like to bring up our child/children.
It is important to know what works best for your child/children and how you can tweak your parenting style as they grow up. As they move from toddler to teenage we need to guide them every step of the way.
It was interesting to see so many different aspects of how a parent can be fully involved in a child’s life to guide and mentor them. From teaching them the correct way to behave, social skills and also building up their resilience as a young adult.
The authors have some interesting suggestions for dealing with kids misbehaviors which I will be implementing with my boys in the coming weeks. Hopefully they will be able to change for the better.
Do pick up a copy of the book if you are interested to learn more parenting tips from The Parent-Child Dance: Strategies and Techniques for Staying One Step Ahead by Ronald A. Kotkin and Aubrey H. Fine
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