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Monday, February 17, 2020
How to Stop Screaming A Lot

How to Stop Screaming A Lot

Photo: Shutterstock This advice is only for you, not for me, because I certainly never raise my voice at my precious child and what kind of person does such a thing?? Fine, I yell, I’ve yelled, there’s been some yelling about some things. And despite the fact that I know better and it doesn’t actually…
The Proper Way to React When Children Talk Back

The Proper Way to React When Children Talk Back

Photo: Getty Images Jerk WeekHow do you detoxify your timeline? Deal with the boor hogging the squat rack at the gym? Tell a stranger on a plane that no, you won't swap seats with them? It's Jerk Week, and we've got everything you need to handle the rudest people in life—and advice for what to…
How to Stop Shouting a lot

How to Stop Shouting a lot

Photo: Shutterstock This advice is only for you, not for me, because I certainly never raise my voice at my precious child and what kind of person does such a thing?? Fine, I yell, I’ve yelled, there’s been some yelling about some things. And despite the fact that I know better and it doesn’t actually…
Frame Your Kid’s Misdeed as Uncharacteristic

Frame Your Kid’s Misdeed as Uncharacteristic

Photo: Unsplash When your kid does something you’re not pleased with, it’s easy to connect the behavior to their identity. “You always interrupt people. Please stop.” “Look at this table. You’re so disorganized.” “You left your water bottle at camp again? Such a forgetful child!” Even if your intent is to make them more self-aware,…
Get Your Kid to Act In A Different Way With a ‘Grievance Sandwich’

Get Your Kid to Act In A Different Way With a...

Photo: Brian Macdonald (Getty Images) Chances are good that you’ve heard of the “compliment sandwich” technique for giving criticism. Praise, followed by criticism, followed by more praise. It’s supposed to be used as a way to soften the criticism, although it can come off as insincere if not delivered well. Its cousin, though—which one psychologist…
How to Reroute a Bold Kid

How to Reroute a Bold Kid

If you’ve parented a young kid, there’s a good chance you’ve learned a little something about the art of negotiation. As much as we might like to give a direction and have it followed every time—because we said so, that’s why—sometimes kids are just like, “Nah, I’m good, thanks.” That’s why we give them so…
Accept Your Kid’s Stubborn Streak

Accept Your Kid’s Stubborn Streak

Once, when my son was three years old, I took him to an indoor bounce house park. An hour of jumping and sliding and bouncing didn’t tire him out the way I’d hoped, though. It only made him ready for another hour. Unfortunately, the “open bounce” time had ended and all the other three-year-olds were…
Let Your Kid Scream, ‘I Dislike You’

Let Your Kid Scream, ‘I Dislike You’

Rejection WeekRejection sucks, but we all have to deal with it. Whether you’re the rejecter or the reject-ee, this week we’re providing a roadmap for handling rejection with grace. And look: If you reject our advice, that’s on you.   Once, when my son was about six years old—and furious with me for some reason or…
Rather of a Time-Out, Attempt a Time-In

Rather of a Time-Out, Attempt a Time-In

When my son was a tantrum-y (and somewhat aggressive) toddler/preschooler, we spent a lot of time enforcing the time-honored tradition of the time-out. Made extra popular by Supernanny Jo Frost, the time-out seemed like a bit of a last result—and honestly not terribly effective—but we found ourselves going to it over and over, at a…
Teach Children the Distinction In Between ‘Tattling’ and ‘Reporting’

Teach Children the Distinction In Between ‘Tattling’ and ‘Reporting’

I’ve never been a fan of the word “tattling.” Maybe because my Northeast Ohio accent really extenuates the hard “a” sound, making the word itself sound almost as annoying as the practice. tAAAttling. Or maybe because when your kid first starts the time-honored tradition of telling on his siblings and friends, it can be hard…

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