Shifting from power struggles to increased cooperation - advice from Claire Lerner, a licensed clinical social worker and child development specialist
Few parents have a natural talent for parenting and always seem to know how to strike the right balance between boundaries and freedom for their toddler or preschooler. At our pre-school we often meet with parents who are devoted and determined to give their best to the relationship with their child but instead their toddler’s behavior at home leaves them exhausted and disheartened. We found the advice from a practitioner Claire Lerner really helpful and enlightening.
Each child comes with their unique temperament, there is no question about that. But children are one side in the relationship, the side that can’t take responsibility for their actions. Parents are the side that can take control, and if something doesn’t sound right the first thing to get examined, according to Claire Lerner, is parents’ expectations.