How to increase cooperation with your child

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How to increase cooperation with your child

One of the easiest things parents can do to increase kids' cooperation is really very simple and it's reconnecting. It's that one-on-one time that you spend with kids. And in the rule of family, it's 10 minutes per day per parent per kid, which I know is a lot for some parents to consider. But you have to understand that when you're giving kids of your time, when you're giving them your attention, you are so serving both them and you, because kids know that you have to take care of them and that you have to spend time with them. But they want to know that you want to spend time with them as well. And when you do that, when you feed that need for them, giving them your attention, asking them questions, getting their opinions, it so comes back to you later on. You're basically building the reserves of cooperation and it's so worthwhile.

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Gila Brown, MA, MFT

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist/ Parenting Expert

A middle school teacher turned child development specialist, Gila Brown, MA, MA, is the creator of Harmony Rules: How to Parent Confidently and Raise Super Kids.  With over 15 years of experience working with kids of all ages, Gila has helped countless parents transform life at home, enjoying a greater sense of peace and more rewarding relationships with their kids. Known for her fluency in ‘kid-speak’, Gila helps parents who are facing regular power struggles by giving them tools and strategies to respond with positive discipline and effective communication.

After receiving her BA from USC, Gila began her career in museum education and family programming.  She went on to receive her MA in human development from Pacific Oaks College, along with a teaching credential. After years of classroom teaching, Gila shifted gears deciding that she could best help kids by helping their parents. As a child development specialist, Gila earned an MA in clinical psychology from Antioch University. Her expertise and background in both education and psychology give her a unique perspective on child behavior and the family system.

Gila is in private practice in Beverly Hills where she works with individual adults and parents.  She also specializes in working with families coping with divorce. Gila teaches parenting workshops through numerous schools and parenting organizations.

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