Today we're continuing our discussion on how to parent children in a positive way. Yesterday we discussed boundaries, positive reinforcement and natural consequences. Today we'll discuss 2 more: 4.Withdraw from Conflict. This is not going to be easy! It's hard to hold your tongue when your child is talking back, but as a parent we have to model the behavior we want to see from our children. During a tantrum, make sure your child is safe & leave the room. Tell your child you will be in the next room if she/he wants to "try again".
5.Be consistent and follow thru. Children respect parents who mean what they say and say what they mean. This is also how children build trust with a parent. If you say you're going to do something and follow thru, then your child can trust that your word is golden. Consistency and follow thru also creates emotional safety for a child. If you're consistent, then a child will feel safe in knowing what to expect.
Stay tuned for Thursday's positive parenting tips!
Written by: Tamara Wilhelm MA, LMHC