Domestic Diversions

Parenting gone wild: words, emotions and warnings

Love & Logic highlighted six questions to ask yourself when your parenting efforts aren’t going well. Their recent newsletter included these three self-evaluation tools (excerpt):
1. Am I using too many words as I implement the technique?
The more words we use when a child is upset or acting out, the less effective we become.
2. Am I displaying anger or frustration?
Anger and frustration feed misbehavior.
3. Am I giving too many warnings before consequences … or lecturing too much afterward?
The more we warn kids about consequences, the less they seem to care about them when they finally come. . . .

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