I read this post today and thought it was so lovely I had to share!
There’s a parenting question that comes up perhaps more frequently than any other. We seem to be able to wrap our heads around how to respectfully set limits, offer choices, acknowledge their feelings, understand the differences between natural and logical consequences, even calmly support them through tantrums. But when push comes to shove, there is one thing that stumps us:
“What do I do when they simply refuse to do what I am asking them to do?”
I would reword the question, actually. Don’t get me wrong, I hear you. You’re asking what to do when your kids refuse to pick up their toys, put their clothes on, brush their teeth, clean up a mess they made. I know. i would still reword it. I hear the words that you are asking. And after they go through the filter that is oh-so-handily inside my ears, the question…
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