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Changing my parenting lens

Three ways to become a more empathetic + patient parent I am almost nine years into this parenting gig, and it is true what they say: I was a much better parent before I had my own kids. My own children have taught me more than I paid to learn in university. Kids are constantly teaching us, we just have to be quiet and listen. When parenting children with challenging behaviour, I have found it easy to slide into anger, frustration, pity parties, and yelling. In the book “The Explosive Child” by clinical child psychologist Dr. Ross Greene, he talks about making a “lens change”. Our lenses are the beliefs we hold about our children’s behaviour and our role as...

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Accept, don't fix

“Mom, I don’t want my ADHD fixed.” We were hanging out in my son’s room before bed, while he got ready for sleep (maddeningly slowly, as usual). It had been a tough day and honestly I just wanted him to be tucked in so I could collapse on the couch downstairs and watch tv and maybe text back a friend (I seem to constantly drop the texting-back-ball). His comment came out of nowhere and stopped me in my tracks.“Fix? What do you mean, buddy?”“I like my ADHD. It makes me different. I like how I think.”“I like how you think too. I don’t want to fix anything about you.”We don’t talk about “fixing” anyone in our family. We talk about growth,...

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