Children are greatly influenced by parents. We want to make sure that the influence is positive. First, we love our children. Then, we train them. Training involves having rules and setting consequences. Never make a rule without also telling the child what will happen if they break the rule. Then, consistently apply the consequences. If you don’t put your bicycle away at night, you loose the privilege of riding the next day. Setting the consequences will keep the parent from over-reacting in the heat of the moment. Kindly and firmly applying the consequences will teach your child responsibility. Make life easier for everyone: have clear rules and reasonable consequences.
October 28, 2014