These are suggestions from parents that have worked for some kids. They may or may not work in your situation. Use them as you wish, change or modify them, and add your own as you develop your parenting style.
- When children make poor choices, it is because they are not thinking clearly. Allowing them opportunities to get more oxygen to their brains will also give them an extra chance. This should be in the way of laps, jumping jacks, sit-ups, jumping jacks, etc.
- When children waste parents’ time with misbehavior, they should be allowed time to repay by doing “energy work” for the parents. This should involve chores that Mom or Dad would have done.
- Children should ask permission, not tell. The asking should be in an appropriate form (Mom, may I please play outside on the swings for an hour?) and should include specifics and manners.
- Theft. The item stolen must be returned to the owner, the value of the item must be paid (or if the item is not returnable, double restitution is made) plus work to repay the one offended. The work should be something the one offended wants done (back rub, foot massage, chores, etc.)
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Licensed Independent Mental Health Practitioner
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- Deb England began working part-time for Wholeness Healing Center in September 2004 and began full-time in May 2005. Deb practices primarily in the Broken Bow office and one day a week in the Grand Island office. Previously she had completed her practicum and internship at Morning Star Alliance, working in the Broken Bow and Grand Island offices.
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