An interesting article on using Horse Whispering techniques on children.
The Horse Whisperer is called in to tame children.
I can vouch that looking Georgia in the eye when she's misbehaving, creates an even worse situation.
She often goes ballistic after that.
The disapproving look I've inherited from my Dad often makes the situation worse.
I like the idea of kids discussing what's right and wrong and coming up with their own consequences.
In Roberts's programme, children are encouraged to draw up two contracts: one for positive, the other for negative, behaviour. If they behave badly, they know precisely the penalty they pay, such as a missed playtime, because they will have negotiated this in their contract.
The key to Roberts's approach to horses is what he calls 'join-up': the moment a wild horse chooses to initiate contact and nuzzles the trainer. He said teachers must achieve an identical moment of breakthrough with children.......
....Horses and children are almost identical emotionally and psychologically: they are both flight animals who wish to avoid trouble, but will become first bashful, then aggressive, if intimidated.'
According to Roberts, the main fault with most education systems is that they call for a high level of achievement in children, then punish them for not succeeding.