''Because I Said So!'': Family Squabbles & How to Handle by Lauri Berkenkamp

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By Lauri Berkenkamp

For folks all over the place whose childrens bitch approximately aiding round the condominium, stall over homework, and bicker with another, assistance is to hand. With compassion and humor, this booklet takes at the most typical issues of kid-induced friction—those altercations and tense behaviors that force mom and dad so much nuts—and bargains fast, functional how-to recommendation for a way to address them. It explains to folks tips on how to navigate daily demanding situations, from supporting youngsters study accountability for his or her possessions to getting them to prevent tattling, whining, and utilizing disrespectful language. whole with ideas, valuable tricks, and engaging bits of data, this quintessential consultant deals exasperated mom and dad the emotional aid and reassurance they should decrease friction and elevate conversation within the loved ones.

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56 • After that child has told you one thing (and keep it to one thing, not one that leads to three others), let her choose the next person to tell. This helps your kids be part of the decision making process, and reinforces the idea that everyone will have a turn to talk. • Set some ground rules for what one thing your kids can discuss. For example, your kids might want to talk about the one amazing dream they had—the telling of which could go on for hours. Keep the questions pointed and the discussion moving from one child to the next.

If your child is supposed to practice a half hour a day, break it down into ten-minute sessions. 44 Here’s What to Do • Before you make a huge investment, create a short-term “contract” that outlines the parameters of the commitment. Remember that the younger the child, the shorter the commitment should be. • Rent, rather than buy, the musical instrument at first. • Take part in practice sessions. • Make sure the practice sessions are a reasonable amount of time, based on the age and your knowledge of your child.

The screen door slams and he disappears outside. You’re left with a hefty credit card bill, an invisible pair of the formerly coolest pair of pants in town, and a headache. How do you teach your kids to be responsible for the things you buy them? The Solution The best way to help kids learn to be responsible about the things you buy them is to invest them in the process— literally. When you are shopping for clothes for your child, assign a certain amount of money as a clothing budget, and let your kids be involved in the purchasing decisions—but also make it their responsibility to budget their wardrobe dollars.

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