Recently, my boys have struggled with a few things that are pretty common struggles for children…sharing, following directions, wanting an endless supply of new toys to name a few. And with the holidays approaching, presents and STUFF are a major focus.
And seeing as my main goal is to raise non-a$sh@le$, I’d like to curb the selfish, oppositional and greedy mindsets.
Which is especially tricky, since I think there are several layers to these mindsets. 1. The desire for the actual stuff 2. The power that comes from getting stuff, hoarding stuff, deciding who gets to use your stuff. So I think I’m look at greed and power…to natural human tendencies that, left unchecked, can wreak havoc on one’s well-being and happiness.
Normally in my blog, I try to post strategies that parents can use. But this one is pretty darn big. So I think there are probably many strategies out there that we parents can use to help our children become kind, generous and thoughtful people. So I would love to hear from you.
I am reading this wonderful book called ‘Raising Human Beings; Creating a Collaborative Partnership With Your Child’. I’m about half way through it and really like the approach that author Dr. Ross W. Greene explains. I will write another post about this topic – and Dr. Greene’s book – once I finish the book.
But in the meantime, I’d like to hear from you. What strategies have you used to help your children grow into conscientious young people? I know I have some Amy McCready/Positive Parenting Solutions folks out there! Let’s hear about your favorite tools.