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Saturday, January 12, 2013

Preschool Pointers - 20: How to Win an Argument with a Child


Your kid is defiant. She will contest everything you say, and with gusto. She won't do what you ask, she tries to order you around, and you don't even know where this is coming from, since it's not like that ever works.


While a lot of the time, I take this seriously enough, tell them that hurtful words can hurt even grown ups, or ask them to tell me nicely because I won't be ordered around, sometimes, I just can't with any of it.

Sometimes, it's better just to make a joke.

How? Well, last night my kid kept telling me to stop (this was after some order I didn't follow, and in attempt to stop me from explaining whatever it was I was explaining.) "Sop!" she said. "Sop, mom!"

"You sop!" I said.

"Sop!" she answered.

"Sop it!" I said with a grin.

"Mo-om, so-oooooop," she replied.

"Soooo-ooooo-ooooop," I said.

And so on until she was giggling, and we could go to bed friends.

I'm all for standing my ground and making a big hairy scene so that the girls know I'm in charge, but sometimes I just want to go to bed friends. There's no need to yell and force dominance all the time. Especially when, really, all of this parenting nonsense is so silly.

Petulant Dulce is not impressed.


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