Does Your Child Give You the Silent Treatment? 6 Rules for Getting Kids to Talk

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Kids use the silent treatment as a way to get you to leave them alone and to push your buttons. Here is what most parents don’t realize: the silent treatment is giving your child a feeling of power and control over you.

What’s behind your child’s thinking? Usually, they’re angry or embarrassed. In fact, often you’ll get the silent treatment when your child has done something wrong and knows it. They use the silent treatment to blackmail you emotionally.

(If your child’s silent treatment is sudden and unexplained, be aware that there may be an underlying abuse or a medical issue. 

The hard part for parents is that the more you make an issue of it or act like it’s painful or annoying to you, the more your child is g ...

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10 Ways to Motivate Your Child to Do Better in School

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How do you motivate a child who doesn’t seem to want to do his school work? As parents, we are invested in our child’s academic life because we know how important it is for their future. Our kids should be motivated to do well. After all, it’s in their own interest to do well. Nevertheless, our kids still put hanging out with friends and electronics before their work.

School is an aspect of life that requires discipline and work and kids need to learn to buy into the value of doing well. Your child must own the importance of doing well himself. It can’t be forced. In fact, if you pressure your child in an attempt to motivate him, it almost always makes things worse.

Nevertheless, there are positive steps that you can take ...

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4 Things Not to Do When Your Child has a Tantrum

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“Too often, parents work under the faulty assumption that if they can simply explain things to a tantruming child, the child will fall in line and stop misbehaving. As a result, many parents talk above the developmental level of their toddler.”

Knowing how to effectively handle your child or toddler can feel overwhelming at times. There’s so much advice about what you should do that it’s easy to start feeling confused and unsure of your own parenting skills.

There is not a one-size-fits-all way to parent your toddler. The true expert of your child is you. Believe me, I understand that it can be hard to trust your parenting gut when your toddler is having a tantrum in the middle of the grocery store.

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