Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Is It Time to Reconsider Your Parenting Style? Danish Writer Jesper Juul Serves Up Food for Thought for Parents

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Is It Time to Reconsider Your Parenting Style? Danish Writer Jesper Juul Serves Up Food for Thought for Parents

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Byline: AMY MCKENNA

JUUL'S TOP FIVE PARENTING TIPS FOR TODAY

1. Don't copy other people's parenting styles. This will lead to a lack of leadership and ultimately to feelings of failure when things don't go perfectly. Children need parents to be real people who are realistic and supportive.

2. Eliminate reproach, regret and criticism from your tone of voice when talking to your child. Juul advises that whether they are a toddler or teenager, speaking to children with respect will encourage them to act with respect towards you and others.

3. Don't avoid conflict. Instead, manage conflict in a measured and calm manner. This will encourage children to take a healthy and communicative approach to conflict.

4. Recognise when your children are trying to express themselves. By acting a[approximately]difficult', a child or teenager is trying to tell you that something is not right. Support them to tell you what is bothering them.

5. Don't embarrass your child. When a parent talks down to their child, or makes them feel annoying or burdensome, they injure the child's dignity. If this is a common occurrence, it can damage their self-esteem.

JESPER Juul believes we should stop trying to abring upa our children.

The family therapist and bestselling Danish author of Raising Competent Children believes that new approaches to parenting are needed to reflect changing times.

aThe days of using dictatorial parenting techniques are no longer relevant in modern society,a he said. …

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