Turns out that man’s best friend is actually mom’s best friend: If parents acted a little more like Fido, says Detroit family therapist Harper West, M.A., they could better control their kids (and not, uh, bark at them so often). Author of the book Pack Leader Psychology, West is here to share the behavior and discipline tactics we can learn from dogs. Check ‘em out!
Be a leader
"All social animals, including dogs and humans, have an innate need to belong to a group that has a clear hierarchy and a leader," explains West. "Most child misbehavior problems—such as excessive tantrums and arguing—occur because the child has taken over as pack leader of the family. Consider the words and behavior you use around your family. A few simple things can communicate security: consistent discipline, calm communication and dependable family schedules."
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