Discipline: Tell; Don’t Ask. (3-24-14)

Today’s Parenting Tip:

DECIDE:   You can give directions to children rather than asking them questions.

PRACTICE:   Today, refuse to ask questions (Are you going to take out the trash?) when you mean to give your children direction (Take out the trash now.).

If you catch yourself ready to ask a question, or hear a question come out of your mouth, back up and try again.

Even if, you have actually asked the question, you can say, “That’s not what I meant to say.” Then, give the straightforward direction you meant to give.

Remember, children will want to test your authority, especially if they are not used to getting straightforward directions.

Insist on good behavior and use consequences for rules broken.

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. 

3 thoughts on “Discipline: Tell; Don’t Ask. (3-24-14)

  1. I’ve been enjoying your daily parenting tips and especially like this one. I find myself phrasing commands like questions quite often and plan to work on this both with kids and in general. It’s funny how some of these tips apply both to parenting and to work. Thank you!

    • Mom Next Door, you truly get what this is all about. Everything we publish we intend to help others with parenting, grandparenting, childcare, and their own “growing up again.” It never stops. Aren’t we lucky. We can keep becoming exactly the person we want to be at home and at work. Let us know how your new efforts go. You can be a big help to others.

  2. Pingback: Mums’ List: Socks, Sloppy Joes, and More | the Mom Next Door

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