In looking for a middle ground between parenting from behind my smartphone and being more directly involved with my kids, I stumbled upon a few potentially useful apps. I have a tendency to react quickly and raise my voice with my children. I suppose it might be in the hopes of being more of an authority figure. I'm not quite sure, though I think most of us do it. One day, I realized that the power struggles I often experienced with my kids just didn't make sense...I started whispering to them instead of raising my voice, which worked wonders. That's when I got into all the positive discipline and non violent communication principles, which I found could be applied to infants as well as teenagers, and even young adults.
Another one I thought worth mentioning, Tantrums 911, is by family therapist Valery Jamposky, who has based her method partly on Marshall Rosenberg's Non Violent Communication techniques. There are suggestions, including videos, for steps on how to deal with different difficult situations without necessarily raising your voice.
Do you like a particular app to help with discipline in a positive way?
Severine is a Montreal-based electronic music composer and writer. Mother of two super heroes, she can be spotted roaming around the many local festivals, running after these small city defenders.
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