Raising children, toddlers in particular, can be an exhausting process. They can be loud, demanding, energetic and curious. This is not to say that the myriad rewards they offer don't more than counter the above-mentioned points, they do.
Discipline is a very complicated and complex matter. We want to enjoy our children, we don’t want to stress about the little things, and we want to be forgiving to our children and our selves. However, there are many, many things we must get our children to do, or stop them from doing – all day, every day.
“I neeeeeeed another brownie!”
“It hurts. I caaaaan’t have this seatbelt on!”
“Jordan took the red one! I waaaaant red!”
Ahhhhh. Classic rants of whine country. For many parents, these rants have become the whine of daily life, and it ain’t no Pinot Noir! Preschoolers are especially famous for whinery woes; and tweens? Well, I can confirm they are busted, too.
Young children get quickly distracted by a toy or fun activity and simply forget. They can appear to be listening when in fact they are not paying attention at all. Not listening or tuning the parent or teacher out can become a habit. A big part of getting your child to listen is learning how to give simple, clear instructions.
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