Parenting isn’t easy, but parenting in a pandemic takes this job to a whole new level. Which is why right now, we’re bringing you advice from the world’s best parenting experts. Today’s guest is Michael Grose who is one of Australia’s leading parenting and educational writers and speakers. He is the author of seemingly countless books for parents, including the best-selling Why First Borns Rule the World, which has sold more than 23,000 copies. He’s also written ‘Anxious Kids How children can turn their anxiety into resilience’ and ‘Spoonfed Generation: How to Raise Independent Children’. Today, he dives deep into why parents in western countries such as Australia currently do too much for their kids (albeit with good intentions); why terms such as ‘helicopter parents’, ‘bubble-wrapping kids’ and ‘over-parenting’ are now common place and the importance of children’s independence and the vital stages to letting go. He also gives a new perspective on children’s anxiety, encouraging them to view each episode as an opportunity to empower their kids with the skills to manage anxiety, and thrive.
In our insightful conversation, we look at:
- How to manage anxious kids
- How raising boys differs dramatically to girls
- The importance of teaching children independence
- How birth order can influence your character
- The importance of a good peer group
Plus, he talks us through parenting during the Coronavirus pandemic, and how we can try to create some calm amongst our chaos.
Michael is the founder of Parenting Ideas where you can access his books, guides, webinars and online courses.
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