Signs that your relationship with your child needs help

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Signs that your relationship with your child needs help

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Parents often wonder, how do I know of my relationship is strong enough? If your child is generally cooperative, you are in good shape. If your child is often defiant, that is not a discipline problem, that's a relationship problem. And your relationship with your child needs some attention. So start on working on connecting and making sure you have at least 5 positive interactions for every correcting interaction you have with your child. And when do you seek professional help? When you realized you are getting triggered. When you could no longer stay calm, you can't help your child, there is no shame in seeking help and support. All parents need support sometimes, the shame would be in going over the deep end. Yelling at your child, saying things you don't in-fact mean, indulging in your own anger because you don't know how to control it, that's when you seek professional help. When you need support for your emotions.

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Laura Markham, PhD

Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Laura Markham is the author of Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids: How to Stop Yelling and Start Connecting. She earned her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Columbia University and has worked as a parenting coach with countless parents across the English-speaking world, both in person and via phone. You can find Dr. Laura online at AhaParenting.com, the website of Aha! Moments for parents of kids from birth through the teen years, where you can sign up for her free daily inspiration email.  Dr. Laura lives in New York with her husband and her kids, who are now 17 and 21.

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