Not only can we model behavior and actions for our children, as parents we can also share our ideas, knowledge, and experiences with them. The method we undergo to achieve this will affect how it is accepted by our children.
- Share rather than preach
- Offer rather than impose
- Suggest rather than demand
Effective consultants do not continually harrass. They don’t shame if the other person doesn’t agree with their ideas. They do not keep pushing a point when there is resistance from the other person. A successful consultant leaves the ultimate responsibility for buying or rejecting an idea with the client (or child). S/he also remembers that the most valuable tool as a consultant is active listening. When our children feel respected and listened to, they are more likely to value our opinions.