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– what to do when your child rebels against your daily schedule
– how to teach your young child patience
– how to handle your young child’s disrespectful “No!”
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“My four-year-old daughter is fine with our schedule a lot of the time. But sometimes she rejects it altogether! How can I make it so she’s going along?”
Recently I spoke with a mom who shared 3 key parenting struggles; I knew that you’d be struggling (most likely, anyway) with the same stuff, so I’ve put together a series of Common Parenting Challenges based on our conversation.
Today, we dig into scheduling!
Sometimes kids really rail against a schedule of any kind. How to help? Listen to today’s episode : )
Click weturnedoutokay.com/145 for complete show notes and key links – including “Helping Marla Streamline Busy Mornings” episode 82, and to sign up for two things: the upcoming free, live NPC FAQ Q&A on March 30, 8 PM EST (where you can get a free copy of Positive Discipline Ninja Tactics); and the free, live Common Parenting Challenges class on Thursday night April 20, 8 PM EST!
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“My four-year-old daughter is fine with our schedule a lot of the time. But sometimes she rejects it all together! How can I make it so she’s going along with our morning schedule?”
Nothing will work one hundred percent of the time; much as we wish it differently when they’re small, kids need to go their own way sometimes. (As much as we wish they would obey our every command, believe me, we do not wish this when they’re older – unless we heartily wish they were still living with us, depending upon us, at age 35!)
When your child is balking at your schedule, and yet you still need to get up, eat breakfast, and get out the door, try this:
The evening before, as he’s settling in to bed, bring them tomorrow schedule and ask him: which would you like to do first tomorrow, brush your teeth or get dressed?
Giving kids some autonomy, some choices in their schedule, can make a huge difference to their adherence to the schedule. When we give them choices it helps them own the schedule; humans really love to have some say in how they spend their days.
Two notes of caution: first, two-year-olds often have a tougher time handling choices in a schedule (no surprise – they’re barely verbal and are in a tougher, more tempestuous place than, say, your average four-year-old.)
I’d advise trying this with kids younger than four, but just know that it may not work as well!
Secondly, make sure that the “reward” – the time with you, the time in front of the tube, the time listening/dancing to music – is still at the end; they need that reward to work towards.
This mom with whom I spoke made her schedule after listening to episode 82, Helping Marla Streamline Busy Mornings – listen to that episode by clicking here!
Part 1 of Common Parenting Challenges: listen to episode 142, about working through disagreements with your spouse regarding child rearing, by clicking here.
Click here to find out more about the Ninja Parenting Community, the place where I work closely with moms and dads just like you to handle their kids’ bad behavior, advocate for their children, and overall be happier in parenting.