1. Your kid bosses you around
No matter how powerful we may be in our professional lives, the minute our child orders us to do this or that, most of us immediately obey.
Because if we don’t, our child will get upset and then who knows what explosive outburst will happen.
But even though agreeing may be the easy option, it’s not the wise thing for adults to do.
Children, especially younger ones, look to their parents to be the authority figures.
When your kid makes a demand, listen to what your child is saying, and respond appropriately.
Initially, your child will not be pleased by the switch, but this is the way it needs to be – and will be – in the long run.
2. Your kid whines
Whining is not only irritating and sanity-threatening, but it’s also incredibly persuasive behavior on your child’s part since a parent will do anything to Just. Make. It. Stop.
No wonder it’s high up on the list of tools that younger kids use to get what they want.
While you can’t force a child to stop whining, you can show them that it will not get them what they want which should ultimately shut it down.
Remember: Don’t give in – ever. The minute you do, your kid will see that whining is effective and will start doing it again.
3. Your kid screams in public
An indoor voice is a requirement of civil society – and something every child needs to learn at an early age.
When younger kids’ demands are not met, they turn up the volume because it’s one of the few possibilities open to them.
You can combat it with a game of Loud and Quiet.
How to play: When you say “loud voice,” your kid gets to be loud; when you say “quiet voice,” she has to be quiet. Play it frequently but for brief amounts of time.
Eventually, you can explain to her that different situations call for one or the other.