Taming “Those” Behaviors

dreamstime_xs_7649981Actor & Comedian Ray Romano is quoted as saying, “The more I go through parenting, the more I say I owe my mother an apology.” Too funny and TOO true! I remember about eight years back when I was a mother of a post toddler, a soon-to-be-tween & a pre-teenager, I felt like I didn’t know what I was doing a majority of the time. Some days, the goin’ was pretty smooth. However, when “those” times came—the ones where behavior problems, entitlement issues and disrespect rose up—then I would lean on the wisdom of the great parents I knew who had gone before me.

One of the best nuggets of advice I ever received on taming “those” behaviors was from a mother of five. She suggested starting with three things before trying any kind of punishment: 1. Get eye contact (have them stop what they’re doing and look me in the eye), 2. Cut back verbal freedom (no interrupting…stay still & listen) & 3. Require a verbal and physical response (“Yes, mom.”).

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