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A Secret to Helping Our Kids Achieve (Advice for the New Year)

Respectful Parenting: Janet Lansbury Unruffled

JLML Press

Kids & Family, Parenting

4.83.7K Ratings

🗓️ 2 January 2024

⏱️ 24 minutes

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As parents, we are prone to worry, and a common concern is that our kids don't seem motivated enough. Perhaps they aren't mastering certain skills as quickly as we think they should or could—physically, cognitively, creatively, or socially. They might seem disinterested in doing things that we feel certain they're capable of, even when we've gently encouraged them. Naturally, this confuses us. We wonder what we can do to help. In this premiere episode for 2024, Janet offers a counterintuitive suggestion for what we might be missing and how our good intentions can backfire.  

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Hi, this is Janet Lansbury. Welcome to Unruffled.


Today I'm going to be talking about this running thread that's through many of the issues that parents share with me.


It's actually maybe not so much in the issues themselves, but in my


thoughts about how to address these issues. These are the concerns that we have


with our children's development of skills of all kinds.


Could be social skills, cognitive or motor skills,


manners, character traits.


We worry about those, right?


Especially when kids are seemingly unmotivated.


They're not making progress.


Or they seem disinterested in doing things


that we know that they're capable of.


Could be a lot of things like getting dressed,


building with blocks, drawing, not being welcoming to our friends and family,


seeming too or learning to read, seeming unfocus when they play, like moving from one thing to another,


or seeming to focus too much on this one mundane task with a toy, and even motor skill development like when our child is still not


walking at a year and a half or even before that we worry right and we wonder what


we can do to help. Often the problem, or at least one


element of the problem, stems from this spot-on comment that my mom used to make as a grandma.


She was an excellent grandma.


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