Magazine article Work & Family Life

Bringing out the 'Mature Selves' in Our Children

Magazine article Work & Family Life

Bringing out the 'Mature Selves' in Our Children

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The most difficult part of parenting, says psychologist and author Dr. Anthony Wolf, is what to do when you are going against the wants of your children: when you must say "no," when you want them to stop doing something or when you want them to do what they don't feel like doing.

In his new book The Secret of Parenting, Dr. Wolf describes a way of handling these challenges that doesn't rely on threats and punishment. He tells us why children behave as they do, how each child (and adult) has a "baby self" and a "mature self" and how this insight can form the basis for parents to interact in new and better ways with their children. (See our front page story.)

Dr. Wolf offers easy but surprisingly powerful techniques to cope with the familiar day-to-day problem areas of parenting: tantrums, talking back, getting kids to bed at night and off to school in the morning, sibling fighting and more. …

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