Shift Happens

It’s only day two of this month’s positive parenting challenge and I’m already seeing results. I’m in total disbelief. How can my son’s behavior turn around almost overnight? Did I really spend every day of the last six months screaming, spanking, punishing and giving time-outs when all I had to do was stop and be in the moment with my child? When I literally wanted to run away, did I really just need to spend a little while talking to, playing with and listening to my son for him to feel loved enough to not seek negative attention? Could I have possibly skipped all the books, Facebook pages, blogs and websites on the psychology of strong-willed children and did what my heart knew was right? One word: YEP.

The past two days have already brought this realization:

When dealing with my children, all I need to do is come from a place of unconditional love, understanding and genuine respect.

That’s it. I need to let my love for them take the lead in every interaction. It’s really simple when you think about it.

While my five year old is still testing his boundaries, I can feel his how energy has shifted with mine. Kids are naturally intuitive and will always follow our lead. We must be empowered to empower them. I can do this. WE can do this.

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