'5 Second Parenting Trick' Goes Viral Because It Works
Becky Kennedy, psychologist and mother of three, shared with her followers a '5-second trick' that instantly went viral because it was so effective.
"I know it sounds too good to be true," Kennedy said in a video posted to her Instagram account.
"This trick only takes 5 seconds. Go to the child and ask: Is it difficult to be a child?", she says.
That's it. That's all.
In this way, according to Kennedy, we give the child the impression that we are able to see the world from their point of view.
"There is nothing more important than connecting with our children. I try to remember this as often as possible. When you connect with them, we see the world from their perspective. You are connecting to a reality that very few adults can understand. Bonding with the child helps them feel first. And when children feel seen, their behavior improves.
In the video's caption, Kennedy explained that this 'good behavior' by parents makes children more likely to listen, use good manners and cooperate in difficult situations. This is because they feel connected to their parents.
"Connection is everything when it comes to parenting. All the good things we want for our children as they grow up – like resilience and self-confidence – come after years of children feeling loved and understood by their parents.”
Nearly 50,000 parents on Instagram showed appreciation for her post. Many people have noticed that this advice applies to all other social relationships as well.