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Barriers and Power Struggles from a Mothers Perspective

Posted in Guest Mom, Kidtelligent, Mothers Perspective on March 20th, 2012 by – Be the first to comment

“That’s what happens when you…”, “Be sure to…”, “Because I asked you to do it, that’s why…”.  These sentences have certainly been uttered to our children once or twice (okay, maybe more!) in our home.  They may sound quite harmless, and even may be the same sentences you remember hearing from your parents when you were a child, but using these types of words and phrases actually creates barriers and causes power struggles in your relationships, which obviously leads to less than desirable outcomes.  Putting up barriers or engaging in power struggles with your children not only creates distance instead of fostering closeness and trust, but can also cultivate feelings of hostility, worthlessness, and incapability.  So how can parents break these patterns of speech and start on better paths to more trusting, teaching, and open conversations?

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