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What is the key to successful parenting?

How To Find The Key To Successful Parenting

Jayne Major, Ph.D. (Parenting Educator & Child Custody Consultant, Breakthrough Parenting Services, Inc. ) gives expert video advice on: What is the key to successful parenting?

What is the key to successful parenting?

Improving one's listening skills is the key to successful parenting. And listening involves, "What is the person feeling? What is the situation, and why do they feel that way?" So a receptive listening sentence would be, "You're upset about your toy breaking because it was one of your favourites." Now, if that's exactly what the child is feeling about the toy, you've really connected with that child, the key to successful parenting. "So you're really thrilled about getting your dance scholarship because you worked so hard at it."In this case, you understand my feeling about the situation and why. Authoritarian parents don't do that. They miss by a mile. And the receptive listening, learning to listen, is absolutely the key to successful parenting. It isn't hard, but it's a new skill that many parents haven't really learned.