About the Guest
Hector's daughter pushed his buttons. She was direct and assertive. All of which made him overreact to the point of crushing her spirit. Yes, parenting is about strategies, but it's also about managing what goes on inside us. Hector figured out that assertiveness threatened him. Overreacting didn't work out with his ex wife and if he didn't want the same result with his daughter, he needed to change his response. Hey, if you can't manage yourself what makes you think you can manage your kids?
Ron DealRon L. Deal is one of the most widely read and viewed experts on blended families in the country. He is Director of FamilyLife Blended® for FamilyLife®, founder of Smart Stepfamilies™, and the author and Consulting Editor of the Smart Stepfamily Series
Good parenting is in part about managing your children. But often more about managing yourself.