How to build a healthy parent-child relationship

20 Feb 2018
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How to build a healthy parent-child relationship

The Connected Parenting philosophy aims to guide children’s behaviour by having the parent operating from a position of openness, kindness and empathy.

In her book, Connected Parenting, family therapist Jennifer Kolari encourages parents to become more emotionally attuned to their kids. Kolari believes that correcting and guiding children’s behaviour works best when the parent operates from a position of openness, kindness and empathy – rather than from a position of anger and frustration. Kolari explains that we are best placed to help children develop skills to manage their own behaviour when we meet their emotional needs. She believes that a tough, heavy-handed approach to discipline usually exacerbates cycles of misbehaviour and escalates anxiety.