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Challenging children

9:00am, 20 May 2013

Challenging children

Every parent has strengths and weaknesses. We know instinctively how to handle some children and some issues, while others leave us completely bewildered. Luckily, we don’t need to be perfect all of the time. But it sure helps to know who to turn to when you need some inspiration.

If you’ve got a ‘weak spot’ for handling girls’ friendship dramas, or boys who don’t pull their weight with the chores, for kids who talk back, or who won’t share their worries with you, find someone who handles it better than you. Friends, relatives, or other parents at school or kindy could all potentially mentor you through a parenting challenge. Ask for their secrets, borrow their best lines, and model your approach on theirs. Lean on someone with strength in an area you feel shaky in - and you might just return the favour further down the track.

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