When Your Child Says No (3-19-14)

Today’s Parenting Tip:

DECIDE:   You can insist on good behavior even when a child is saying no.

PRACTICE:   Today, think about the times recently when your child was saying no.

How many of those times resulted in your insisting he do as he was told?

Did you avoid punishing him or criticizing him for saying no while still insisting on cooperation?

For all those times, think about how you handled him and celebrate that you did what was helpful for your child.

If there were times you backed down and didn’t insist he do what he was told, decide to do differently the next time.

Remember that as children get older their no-saying can become very disrespectful. This should not be tolerated. There should be  family rules about disrespect – rules with consequences that are enforced.

Today’s Decide and Practice daily parenting tip was inspired by our featured picture book, MORRIS THE ARTIST.  Read the book to a child in your life each day as a reminder of what you are deciding and practicing that day.

Come back each day for another good parenting decision and how to practice it. (Each day’s activity will also be posted on the Daily Parenting Tips page for easy access.)

Read the whole story at The Benefits of Art, Choices, and Discipline: Part II. 

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