Books of advice and the opinions of family and friends can cause confusion. How can parents avoid the pitfalls of being too permissive, or too controlling, and achieve a balanced, "authoritative" approach?
I can give you basic information you may need. I share my extensive experience from decades of working with hundreds of young children, as well as from my own parenting experience. I share academic information about children’s cognitive and emotional development.
But most importantly, I can help you to discover and articulate what you already know about your child, about yourself, and about your family. And I can help you find the approaches and the specific solutions that fit you.
Because the truth is, there are many excellent ways to parent, many fine ways of approaching each of the issues that face us as parents.
The greatest variable in whether or not your parenting choices will be effective in guiding your child to grow to her/his finest self is whether they are authentically yours.
When you find the ways that are right for you, for your child, and for your family, you will speak and act with authority. You will be an authoritative parent.