Below is a list of top 10 parental behaviours to ensure a LONG and STRONG relationship with your Kids. This list has been learned, written and provided by unschooling advocate, Maria Whitworth. I would love to hear from you on whether you agree or disagree with these points. If you have an alternative list, please feel free to post a comment.
#10 Drop your assumption that you know what’s best for them.
#9 Facilitate, but don’t meddle.
#8 Hold off on giving your opinion while you’re feeling a negative response.
#7 Only use time-outs on yourself.
#6 Try to allow them room to “fix” their own situations. Of course, you can suggest what you might do for yourself if it was you in their shoes. But don’t fix it for them.
#5 Don’t get too enamored with or emotionally invested in what YOU see as your child’s talents and gifts.
#4 LISTEN and learn. Get to know your kids, and marvel when they show you new ways to see things.
#3 Try to wean yourself from any self-imposed “schedule addiction.” Experience the guilt-free pleasure of living with flexibility, inspiration and openness.
#2 Respect your child’s ideas, judgment and inherent wisdom. You can only do that when you respect your own ideas, judgment and inherent wisdom.
#1 In any situation, how would I respond if this was my best (adult) friend?Source: http://www.rethinkingeducation.net