Alpha Moms: 7 Ways Parents Should Act More like Dogs

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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 ... more 
Photo by: flickr/auteur
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. A few simple things can communicate security: consistent discipline, calm communication and dependable family schedules."
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Wed, Jul 10, 2013 12:46 PM EDT
It turns out that man's best friend is actually mom's best friend. One strand of research has uncovered that if parents were to act 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). While his findings are not exactly what you would expect, his insights into parenting and the tips he provides are very helpful. Author of the book Pack Leader Psychology, West is here to share the behavior and discipline tactics we can learn from dogs. You'll be surprised how much we have in common with our little pooches - and how much more we should have in common with their particular parenting styles. Click through for 7 ways parents should act more like dogs! -By Ellen Seidman



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