Where was this programme when I was a new parent? I could have had it all mapped out. Meal times, bath times and bed times … no problem – if it stood any chance of working.
Apparently there’s a revolution coming to parenting: training your child like a dog. A leading advocate of this new approach is world-renowned dog trainer and animal behaviourist Jo-Rosie Haffenden.
What is this child training wonder technique? Well, rather than telling kids what not to do, she believes in motivating and helping them to understand what they should do instead. She wants exhausted parents to turn their backs on discipline and the naughty-step, and embrace positive dog training for children.
If there’s one thing Channel 4 does better than any other station it is digging out the most excruciatingly ‘correct’ ways of dealing with children. I will watch this programme through my fingers with grinding teeth as she works with three-year-old Greydon, whose daily tantrums and violent outbursts are making his parents’ lives a living hell.
Why can she not just accept that sometimes your little angel needs a proper good telling off. Simples.
Train Your Baby Like a Dog – Tuesday at 8.00pm on Channel 4.