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Parenting Ideas by Linda

Linda - our New England immigrant - never has anything that catches her off-guard.
Now she is the person everybody in these parts calls whenever they have problem.

Her column is updated every day or thereabouts, so check back often for new secrets and tips.

7 Marks Of Emotional Maturity #5

A fifth criteria of emotional maturity is the capacity to relate to other people in a consistent manner with mutual satisfaction and helpfulness.

Some children live in such an unpredictable family situation that they never know how their parent is going to react from moment to moment.

What brings a good-natured response one hour brings a frightening tirade the next.

Being consistent in the way we interact with our children (as well as others) is a mark of emotional maturity.

To be inconsistent is to deny our children basic guidelines for learning what is acceptable and unacceptable, appropriate and inappropriate behavior.

Going a step further, relating to others in a consistent manner should be consistent in the sense that it results in satisfaction and helpfulness to both parties, instead of being a relationship where only one person's needs are met at the expense of another's.

Do you have Parenting ideas or secrets to share or have a question?

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Include your first initial and last name and put the word PARENTING in the subject.

I'll try to use your contribution in a future column.

(Please note that these columns are written several weeks in advance so publishing it will be delayed accordingly.)

Hope this helps tame some of your day-to-day little beasties.


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