It’s somehow strange that we should have to exercise discipline and self-control to do the things that make us feel most alive but sadly it’s true.
Depending on which research you read, about 70-80% of Aussie parents admit to smacking their kids. Some do so quite proudly. Are those who champion smacking onto something or is it doing more harm than good?
Most people, regardless of their baseline level of self-control, can be taught to exercise greater control.
When something requires willpower, many children give up, get distracted, or refuse to do as they’re asked. New research suggests a fun way to help us get stuff done with our kids called the “Batman Effect”.
Ironically, it’s when we stop throwing our authority around and focus instead on building our relationship with our children that they begin to feel safe. We become trustworthy and our influence grows.