Do you have a vision for your child’s life? Do you know what kind of person you want your kids to grow up to be?
Through tragedy and personal growth, Michelle Anne learned to become a CALM parent, and she would tell you to STOP IT. But of course she wouldn’t yell. 😉
This was one of the most unique interviews I’ve done on the Healthy Parenting Connector, and I know I’ll be thinking about it often in the days and weeks to come. Whenever someone comes along with a philosophy that totally challenges what you’re doing — and yet it’s ringing with a truth I can’t deny — it’s going to hurt a little bit to allow your brain to shift into a new belief, a new habit of life.
You and Michelle and I might not agree on the meaning of the universe…but I have to admit that she raised some awesome kids who all say she did a great job as a parent! From the daughter traveling through Germany to the son who realized as a college freshman that his late-night gaming was hurting his life, Michelle gives me hope that although parenting seems hard sometimes, letting go of control may actually be the best option.
She seems to have found the balance between boundaries and independence, between trust and acceptance, and I think you’ll learn something new from her too. If you don’t want your kids to behave just in front of you and be someone totally different when they’re out in the world (someone you might not like very much), this is a must-listen.
Warning: The advice is hard, but the results will be worth it. My favorite quote, which is in itself enough to hurt your brain just enough to make you consider change: “BE who you want your kids to be.”
One idea that blew my mind was the way she does discipline and how many people are involved! It’s something I may want to try in my family, although my 13-year-old thought it sounded terrible. 😉
I’d love to hear in the comments what you found groundbreaking, challenging, resonating, or downright something you don’t agree with. This is a conversation worth starting!
No time to watch the whole video? Here are the notes!
When their kids come with a need, the parents are reacting instead of staying calm. They’re not listening because they need their kid to be good in order for them to get through the day. -Michelle Anne
If you need your kids to be a certain way, they feel pressure to be that way around you, and they’ll be different at school. -Michelle Anne
Their behavior affects their outcome. -Michelle Anne
I don’t micromanage. I help them learn, and they make decisions. -Michelle Anne
If you want to be somewhere other than you are, it will create suffering. -Michelle Anne
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