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Saturday, June 9, 2012

Toddler Tricks - 95: Give Chances

Problem: You've got an unruly child. (This is my problem a lot, have you noticed?) She can take anything and twist it into a reason to cry or get upset. She's irrational and dragging you down in her own little whirlpool of insanity. And you had planned some fun things to do, but now you don't even want to chance bringing her out.

Solution: Tell her about it. Sometimes that's enough, although not over here. Sometimes just the promise of interesting activities or outings can force a behavior change. Sometimes, you'll need to use it as a bargaining chip. I've given out five chances each to my kids for a birthday party we're supposed to attend this evening. It started last night, and once the plan was set, they lined up. This morning, Dulce is already down to three chances. Natalina still has all five. We'll see how it works.


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