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Jan 23, 2018

Do Our Kids Manipulate Us?

Cute little girl looking innocent in post about kids manipulating their parentsWhen Abigail and Elle pose this question they thought they'd answer with a resounding "Yes!" - until they stopped to think about. And then, they went down the rabbit hole...

"What does manipulation even mean?" Abigail asks

Together they trace the times they've felt manipulated as parents and come across some interesting answers - a lot about feeling manipulated has to do with us!

Abigail mentions some moments where her son actually is very cute in his manipulation, while Elle remembers manipulation feeling a lot darker.

They realize that manipulation could actually be a measure of where a parent is at that moment.

Come along for the exploration into manipulation, kids and what it feels like in the family.

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If you want to understand more about the ways your child behaves, Elle mentions this booklet, How Children's Emotions Work. Enter the code EMOTION for your free copy. The fascinating insights will help you decode your child's behavior and respond to it more calmly.

Remember, if you'd like to start working with a listening partner, our Facebook Parents Support Group is a great place to look for one. Ask to join if you are familiar with the tools and your children are under 12.

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