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November 2016

1-2-3 Magic Ask the Expert: Mom vs. Dad Discipline

November 10, 2016 4903 Views No comments

Question of the Week:

"My children ages 5 and 4 will not listen to me, only my husband. What can I do to change this situation?"

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Dads' Discipline Blunders

November 10, 2016 12081 Views 1 comment

The two biggest mistakes that most Dads make trying to use positive discipline with their children are these: Too Much Talking and Too Much Emotion. Does this nighttime conversation sound familiar to you?

Dad: "Honey, don't you think it's time for bed? It's 9:15 already."
Honey (7 years old): "No."
Dad: "But you don't want to be all tired in the morning, do you?"
Honey: "I want to read another story."
Dad: "We've already done four stories. I think that's enough."
Honey: "I never get to do anything."
Dad: "You never get to do anything?! What do you call the zoo ALL DAY? Nothing!?"
Honey: cries

Thinking of kids as little adults and talking and chattering too much is bad because it either doesn't work or it takes you through the Talk-Persuade-Argue-Yell-Hit Syndrome. Ironically, too much talking and explaining makes kids less likely to cooperate because it irritates and distracts them.

Why is too much emotion destructive?

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