Watch Out for Crooked No’s.* (8-31-14)


Today’s Parenting Tip:

DECIDE:   Encourage your child to mean what he says.

PRACTICE:       Today, write down all the ways your child says he “doesn’t really mean it.”

For example, when asked to do something, he says he will do it before bedtime, or he says OK but never follows through.

Think about how you feel when he doesn’t follow through.

Imagine what those statements will be like if he continues to use them as he grows up – how will they sound at school or at his workplace? Will they help him be a successful adult?

Think about how you can start requiring him to answer “yes” or “no” to you when you ask or request him to do something. Remember that asking for a yes or no answer means you need to be OK with a “no” answer. If no is not OK, don’t ask. Instead, tell him what is expected.

*Thanks to Jean Illsley Clarke for the term “Crooked No’s.

Today’s Decide and Practice daily parenting tip was inspired by our featured picture book, THAT MAKES ME MAD!.  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 What You Need to Know about an Angry Child, Part 2.

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