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BenisonOReilly's Comments

Sensitive Kids

16/11/2010 - 12:20

Yvette knows that I recently had a conversion on the road to Damascus when I read 'How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and How to Listen So Kids Will Talk'.

I have a sensitive child and a husband just like yours - someone who has been brought up with traditional ideas of discipline and punishment. The difference is my sensitive child, also male, also very bright and articulate, is now 16 years old. It is only recently that I have been able to convince my husband that his methods do not work with my son. In fact, now my son is a teenager they just provoke more oppositional and defiant behaviours. And without going in to detail, I can confirm that all the stuff they say about challenging teenagers is true!

There is actually a chapter in this book (which was written way back in 1980) that is called Alternatives to Punishment, and it pretty much agrees with what your son says!

I would strongly recommend you get hold of this book and if you can, get your husband to read it. I'm so glad I was pointed to it (by a psychologist, no less) as it's changed my parenting style and I feel so much better about my relationship with my son now.

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