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The Rules of Parenting, 2nd Edition by Richard Templar

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RULE 44

If you lose your temper, you’re the loser

Our children learn their behaviour by watching ours. If we say please and thank you, they learn to do it too (in time). If we treat other people politely, they’ll do the same thing. If we snort crack cocaine before breakfast, they’ll think that’s normal. And if we lose our temper when other people don’t do as we want them to, they’ll think that’s the correct behaviour.

Most of the time it’s pretty easy to behave as we want our children to. But when your blood pressure starts to rise, that’s when the example you set is so critical – just when it’s hardest to set a good example (damn). So how do you deal with your child when they argue with you? Do you manage to stay calm, not raise your voice, ...

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