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Wield ‘soft power’ at home

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Many people ask me: “How do I get my kids to cooperate with me?” This question reflects a frustration that many parents have with their ability to influence their children. It’s also indicative of the changing times in which we live where kids don’t necessarily blindly obey their parents, as they did until a few generations ago.   As a parent you have two sorts of power: positional power and soft power.   Positional power is better known as your authority as a parent. Parenting has a huge vocabulary built around 'positional power' with terms such as discipline, punishment, child management and behaviour management to name a few.   When I began as a parenting educator 20 years ago the term ‘parenting’ was code for behaviour management. It was mostly about helping parents exert their 'positional power'.&n...(sign-up as a member to continue reading this article)

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