Thursday, April 9, 2009

Avoiding the battles

One mom told me that when she took the Priceless Parenting course, she realized how often she was falling into the Personal Assistant parenting style. She found herself helping her 4-year-old son with many things he really could do for himself like putting on his clothes. Almost every morning she battled with him over getting dressed. When he was slow in putting on his clothes, she would eventually get frustrated and just do it for him.

After she recognized the problems caused by jumping in and rescuing him, she decided to let him have ownership of getting himself dressed. If he went quickly, he would have time for breakfast. If he was super slow, he had to go to school in his pajamas and get dressed there. The morning fights over the clothes stopped. Sometimes he wore mismatched socks along with shirts and pants that didn't go together but he was proud to have dressed himself!
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