When someone does not feel heard, it can be extremely frustrating. When your child speaks to you, put down your phone, if possible switch off the TV, thereby reassuring him that what he has to say is important to you. However, remember, that mutual respect is very important. If you are texting while you are talking, the chances are that your child will soon be doing the same. So modelling the behaviour you expect is important and very effective.
‘You don’t have to like it, you only have to eat it!’
In my previous book ‘Raising Happy, Healthy Children’ I covered diet extensively with the help of a clinical nutritionist, Sally Ann Creed, with whom the book was co-written. However, I think it is important to reiterate that what we eat affects the way we behave.
The two go hand in hand. You cannot discipline a child who is being fed incorrectly, and conversely, you cannot enforce healthy eating if you have no discipline in place.
Book: Raising Happy, Healthy Children
Raising children today can be a daunting task – the responsibility is enormous; the challenge is one few parents are ready for, and knowing the right thing to do is often learned by trial and error, rather than having someone take us through the steps to empowered parenting.
Book: A Brand-New Child in 5 Easy Steps
South Africa’s Super Granny shares her parenting secrets
Parenting book by South Africa’s own Super Granny, Andalene Salvesen, an international parenting coach and speaker with more than 20 years’ practical experience.
The book, A Brand-New Child in 5 Easy Steps, is inspired by the amazing child-transforming results which Salvesen has gained from her home visits to families all around the world and shows that children’s behaviour will only change when parents become empowered.