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Parenting Tricky Kids

02-Aug-2018

Famous SAS Leader, General Sir Peter de la Billiere’s advice works for parenting tricky kids
from his book ‘Looking for trouble”.




He states: When a man is wounded, for instance, the natural impulse is to rush off and take some immediate action – the best course is to sit down for a few minutes and think before reacting, as such a pause for reflective planning may save some hours later.


This is true in parenting a tricky kid.  


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 we will get into a battle of wills.  And usually your child or teenager 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 with your parenting wisdom, as they will challenge any weakness in your parenting.