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Recovering from parent anger

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"EAT....YOUR.....DINNER...... NOOOOWWWWW!” yelled a dad to his six year old son. His jaw was protruding and the veins in his neck were popping out.   It was an extraordinary act of anger.   Visibly sacred, his son hid in his room.   Dad’s shoulders slumped. He looked at me in frustration and said: “What on earth do I do now?”   This dad was a colleague whom I’d been visiting around dinner-time. It was the wrong time of day I know, but it was the only chance I had.   BUT this sort of scene plays out a lot in homes around Australia.   A parent (more likely a dad than a mum) comes home from work tired, and is not ready to manage children who are working from their own agendas and schedules.    The only response to children’s resistance is “Do it now because I say” ...(sign-up as a member to continue reading this article)

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