Friday, October 20, 2006

Parenting Tip: Positive Conclusion

Today in our MOPS group, it fell to me to present the "Mentor Moment", a parenting tip from the National Center for Biblical Parenting.

What mom hasn't had the experience of disciplining the same kid for the same offense over and over again? (Okay, I know there are some. Actually, if that's you, leave a comment. If you have a blog, I'd love to visit.)

The technique:
Each time the negative behavior takes place, have the child take a short break and then come back to you for a debriefing. During that conversation, one of the questions should be, "What are you going to do differently next time?"

When you ask this question your child has to state the right response back to you.

As the child hears himself verbalize the right response, he learns to catch himself earlier.

If you, the parent, are so accustomed to telling your child what not to do that you aren't sure what the right response would be, use the opportunity to brainstorm and problem-solve with your child.

Every opportunity for correction can have a positive conclusion.


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