If you don’t love your kids then leave this site immediately because some of the techniques that I will propose will depend on you loving them. But, here is the good news; you don’t have to like them. I raised two daughters as a single parent and they turned out perfect (well they look good on paper). There are certain rules that you must follow in order to be an effective parent and raise successful kids. Success does not mean “I got her/him through high school with no babies or documented drug use.”
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This is a great blog. Sorry it is about 22 years too late for us. But the grand kids will get all of this. Thanks for the insight.
Dr.J Some individuals may take your comments literally. Please explain when you say “You gotta love em,” but you don’t have to like them. What differentiates the two (love and like)? And, Are you referring to your child the person or their behavior?
I’m not sure that I know how to separate the behavior from the person (I need to work on that). The type of love that I am referring to is unconditional. Nothing you can do would make me stop loving you. But, there are a trillion reasons why I may not like you, today! “Like” is situational in nature. It comes and goes.
Not liking someone can manifest itself in many ways. Maybe I can’t talk to you right now or maybe we need some space.