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Yeah but…

The following was posted on Facebook as a response to my post “How to Neutralize Arguing”. It eloquently expresses the feelings that many parents have when reading parenting advice in column and website form. The post’s author has graciously allowed me to reproduce her post here. It also appears as a comment for the aforementioned post.

The problem for me with an article like that is that it makes me feel like a failure when it doesn’t work for me. I have used these steps for the past 4 years or so, and they actually created more of a brat problem.

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How to Neutralize Arguing

Dear Kid Whisperer,

I have a seven year old daughter. I love her very much but she is driving me crazy. Any time things don’t go exactly her way, she argues with me and asks why things aren’t exactly the way she wants them to be. I feel like I spend a majority of our time together arguing with her. We used to have fun together and now it seems like we are at each other’s throats all of the time. Is there a way that I can stop the arguing so that I can have my life back? –Annette

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