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What is Parenting with Love and Logic?

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Parenting with Love and Logic is a philosophy embraced by parents, counsellors, and teachers around the globe.   It’s an approach that centers around love, but not the kind that is permissive or tolerates disrespect.

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How to Parent with Love and Logic

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Just like a sailor needs a compass for navigating the vast expanses of the ocean, children need boundaries to help them understand acceptable standards of behaviour.  Setting these clear rules and expectations doesn’t mean turning your home into a rigid regime. Rather, it means giving your child a sense of security, knowing exactly what is expected of them.

Establishing Clear Rules and Expectations

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With rules and expectations in place, the inevitable question that arises is how to enforce them. And here’s where the logic part of “love and logic” comes into play.  These aren’t your typical threats or punishments. They’re natural consequences that correlate directly with your child’s actions.

Implementing Logical Consequences

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The process of raising responsible kids is at the core of the Love and Logic approach to parenting. It’s essential to remember we are nurturing and guiding future adults.  The focus should be on fostering independence, building capabilities, but most importantly cultivating responsibility. 

Raising Responsible Children

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Encouraging Problem-Solving Skills involves shifting the ownership of problems to the child, while we, as parents, help navigate exploration of viable solutions.  It’s about posing questions that prompt self-evaluation, rather than issuing orders or direct instructions.

Encouraging Problem-Solving Skills

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Allow Natural Consequences

The Love and Logic philosophy advises allowing children to experience life’s natural consequences.  This approach differs from the traditional mindset where parents often instinctively shield their children from failure, hurt, and missteps.