Tip Tuesday – October 12th

October 12, 2010

If you have a tenacious child between the ages of 2-12, this book might be just what you’ve been looking for. I used it years ago during the “terrible twos/meltdown mania” stage and loved it!

It isn’t only for children with ADHD either. It is full of insightful information to help any parent establish a little structure and discipline. Not every idea is going to work for every child, so I was grateful that this book had lots of options. 🙂

Having used the book successfully, my advice would be to read it cover to cover before you start implementing any of the strategies and techniques. You’ll need to be ready for the possible push back if you have a very determined and clever child. They can change tactics very quickly and you’ll need to stand your ground and be consistent, so that they can understand the boundaries you are putting in place to keep them safe, healthy and happy.

It also helps if the child has the same boundaries, regardless of where they are or who they’re with. You may want to enlist the help of those closest to the child and talk with them about any possible changes you would like to make and your expectations. That way, regardless of whether they are with mom, dad, grandma, granddad or their childcare provider, they’ll feel safe and secure knowing what is expected of them at all times.

In an ideal world, parents would talk about these things together and implement them as a team. However, we know that this isn’t always the case, so just do your best to present this new strategy and new materials as a positive and healthy step towards teaching your child right from wrong. Hopefully, family members will come around once they see the results.

It’s always good to be open to the ideas of others and often family can be a wonderful resource. However you also need to trust in your ability as a parent and know that YOU know your child best. As long as you are acting responsibly and in a way that encourages, supports and nurtures your child’s development, you should stay positive and move forward. Keep trying things until you find what works.

Even if you are struggling with the issue of discipline on your own, this book will still empower you with the tips and tools you’ll need to affect positive changes in your home.

Good luck! 🙂

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