Some “truths” linked to “attacking” (#30)

  • “I cannot beat my child so… I am helpless (or weak)”. 
  •  “The only alternative to escalation (or counterattack) is to give in”
  •  “If I ask for help as a parent means I am weak, and will make things worse”
  •  “Defending myself from my child’s attacks is an unacceptable form of violence”
  •  “Conflicts are bad, and should be avoided or ignored”
  • “Children’s violent behaviors are parents’ fault”
  • “My child is impulsive/has a conduct disorder”
  • “I must protect my child; I cannot turn them in”. 
  • “I have lost the battle”
  • “In order to avoid giving in, I have to respond immediately”

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