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Use choices to get cooperation


Discipline is easy when kids are easy. Anyone with some decent communication skills and a backbone can get easy kids to cooperate. Getting cooperation from ‘Make me’ kids can be a huge challenge. These are the children and teenagers who dawdle, argue or just plain dig their heels when we want some cooperation. Everything about their demeanour screams- ‘MAKE ME!’ You need to know what you are doing when you handle these kids or else parenting just becomes one BIG battle. Getting cooperation from these kids takes careful use of language. Use the language of coercion (‘Do this and do it now!”) with them as many adults do and all you will get is resistance. You’ll get cooperation begrudgingly…after a fight or argument. The key to understanding ‘Make me’ kids Some kids love to feel that they are in control so you ne...(sign-up as a member to continue reading this article)


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