When your kid’s personality is the opposite of yours, parenting may take some extra love and understanding.

By Erin Zammett Ruddy
August 28, 2017

Raising any human being is hard, but when that human is nothing like you, the degree of difficulty goes way up. “You’re going to spend a lot of time outside your comfort zone,” says Laura Markham, PhD, a clinical psychologist and the author of Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids. “It’s harder to relate to them, to connect with them, and to value what they value.” You may also have to work through some disappointment if you envisioned a specific type of child and got another. “But when I point out to parents that the child is merely different than they are, a lightbulb goes off, and a breakthrough can happen,” says Markham. Ready for yours?

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