What Not to Do
About the Guest
Have you ever felt clueless as a parent? I have. It's tempting to fall back on criticism, name-calling, yelling, or pleading with the child. Or to be the threatening-repeating parent who says, You better not, or else, but it's just empty threats. These strategies get the job done but long term, they defeat your child's spirit and ruin your authority as a parent--especially as a stepparent. Take time to learn about good parenting and stepparenting. The next generation is depending on you.
Ron DealRon L. Deal is one of the most widely read and viewed experts on blended families in the country. He is Director of FamilyLife Blended® for FamilyLife®, founder of Smart Stepfamilies™, and the author and Consulting Editor of the Smart Stepfamily Series
Learning to be a good parent, in part, means knowing what not to do.
What Not to Do
Announcer: For FamilyLife Blended®, here’s Ron Deal.
Ron: Have you ever felt clueless as a parent? I know I have. It’s really tempting in those moments to fall back on criticism or name-calling, yelling, or pleading with the child. Oh, and then there’s the threatening-repeating parent who keeps saying, “You better not, or else…”, but there’s never an “or else” just empty threats.
Here’s the thing. All of these strategies seem to get the job done but long term, they just defeat your child’s spirit and they ruin your authority as a parent—especially as a stepparent. So, take some time to learn about good parenting and stepparenting. The next generation is depending on you. For FamilyLife Blended, I’m Ron Deal.
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