Think back to the first few days with your first newborn baby. All the new items from the crib to the baby swing came with details instructions on assembly, use, and troubleshooting. Then, a little human entered your life, and you might have wondered where the manual for that little love was! (Or was that just me?) Well, the fact is that kids don’t come with any instructions other than a reference to our own upbringing. We still don’t have a manual to share here today, but we are thrilled to share Cole’s conversation with Dr. Michael Axelrod around developing peaceful parenting tactics. We discuss ways to shape the parenting mindset that allow us to work from the heart, dispel the fairy tale of what it means to be a parent, change our parenting perspective, and learn to look and listen for the unspoken good.
Whether you are parenting the newborn that came without instructions or teens who think they have all the life instructions they need, this conversation will offer an opportunity to peacefully parent children at every age and stage.
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Dr. Michael Axelrod is Director of the Human Development Center and a Professor in the Psychology Department at the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire. A licensed psychologist and a Nationally Certified School Psychologist, Dr. Axelrod has been working with children, adolescents, and families for over 20 years. He has also written numerous articles, book chapters, and books on topics involving clinical, pediatric, and school psychology. Dr. Axelrod’s primary clinical and research interests include helping parents and teachers solve problems involving academic, behavioral, and social/emotional functioning.