Do you ever find yourself shocked by the audacity of your own children? Have you ever thought, "I NEVER would have gotten away with that in MY parents' house!"
Research shows that kids today exude entitlement; back-talk shockingly; negotiate endlessly; worship celebrity; and are intimately familiar with multitasking. But they are also far more open with their parents than kids in prior generations; strikingly generous and empathetic; and care deeply about ethical issues from very early on.
It turns out that parents are different, too. Our society is more fluid and less structured than ever and, of course, kids have access to infinite amounts of information. We can easily to forget that someone actually needs to be in charge when it comes to our children – the flat, egalitarian structure doesn't work for most families. In fact, the research shows that in-charge parents raise happier, stronger and more compassionate kids.
Here are 5 ways to help you take charge.
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Child-rearing specialist Ron Taffel is the author of eight books, including Childhood Unbound: Authoritative Parenting for the 21st Century, and more than one hundred articles on parenting and professional training.