Today we have a question from Erin who has her hands full.
Q: What should I do with a child who gets aggressive when it’s time for a timeout?
She writes, “I have a four-year-old who gets very aggressive when he gets to a three-count and needs a timeout. He does not go willingly to his room for the timeout, and he gets angry, scratches, hits, and pulls my hair when I attempt to escort him to timeout. If I do get him to his room, he'll kick the door for the duration of his timeout...
Are you feeling invisible to your kids? Try keeping quiet.
Parents of small children often feel like invisible spirits. After spending a day cajoling, reasoning, arguing, threatening and even screaming in an attempt to get their kids to behave, many moms and dads feel like they—the parents—almost don't exist.
According to clinical psychologist Dr. Thomas W. Phelan, all that talking is precisely the problem. "If you feel like you're invisible," he says, "you're probably way too audible."