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How to understand your child – A key to balanced parenting

By Anne Christine Aksnes

We all want to become the best parent possible. Not in a competitive way, but for our child.

This article is about one of the biggest keys I discovered when it comes to children. It’s about how we understand them, how we see them and what we think about them. I can remember when people had a completely different attitude to children from what I and many with me have today. People would say things like: “She’s just being difficult”. “Oh no, you have to do it like this, or in that way. You have to be strict. You have to discipline them.”

I can remember the day when I read the first article about the theory that children are always trying to do the best they can. In Norway, it was called a paradigm shift in how we view the child, and they started gathering proof of the theory that children do the best they know. One of the things they would say was: “There is no such thing as a difficult child. There’s only children who face difficulties.”

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