In all my years of teaching parenting classes, one skill has stood out. I call it "Don't say Don't". Have you ever told your child "Don't go in the street!" and they walk out in the street? or "Don't fall!" and two seconds later they skin their knees? Why is it that children seem to do what we tell them not to do?
Dear Dr. Laura,
My son is 11 months old. When things don't happen the way he wants them to he throws a fit. He will hit you, throw things and flat out scream for hours if you don't do what he wants. It's hard to know what he wants because he can't talk.
I know he can't talk to express. I just want to know what I can do to make things better, and make him happy. Please help me, I don't know what to do.
Hi Dr. Laura,
My daughter is two. One half of a twin, which is a boy.
The simple truth about toilet training is that if the child is ready, it happens very easily. If not, a power struggle often ensues -- and we all know that no one wins a parent-child power struggle. Bottom Line: Don't let toilet training become a struggle.
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Most of the time adults can help children stop misbehaving when they stop dealing with the "misbehavior" and deal with the underlying cause. Children DO better when they FEEL better. Encouragement is the key.
Isaac was riding his tricycle and I was walking along side him and it came to me. I have the best son in the world. He is happy and healthy. He loves with his whole heart, and has never truly had it broken.
by Elizabeth Pantley
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