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Tricky Kids


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, and 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 make all the difference.”

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.

And 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 with your parenting with them, they will challenge any weakness in your parenting.