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Army Battle Tactics May Apply

23-Apr-2013

The famous SAS leader General Sir Peter De La Billiere’s advice works for dads.

From his book “Looking for Trouble.”

 He states: “In the jungle, when a man is wounded the natural impulse is to rush off and take some immediate action – often the best course of action is to sit down for a few minutes and think before reacting. As such a pause for reflective planning may end up saving lives some hours later.”

This is so true in parenting a tricky child.

Better to say, “We will talk in the morning about this.”

“Or, I think you need to go to your room, and we will talk about it when we have both calmed down.”

Otherwise you will get into a battle of wills.

So dad remember, usually your child has lots more energy than you.

As a wise old farmer once said, “If you wrestle a pig in the mud, you both get dirty, but only the pig enjoys it!”

Tricky kids often love the conflict so don’t rush in, guns blazing, with your parenting. They will challenge any weakness in your parenting so you need a well constructed and measured plan.