How Kidding Around Can Discipline Your Kids

Lighten Up

Sometimes you can't jolly your kids out of a power struggle-instead, you've got to change your own attitude. When my girls push my buttons, especially at the end of the day, I sometimes lose my temper, which never accomplishes much. Dealing with these difficult moments is an ongoing progress, but I'm trying. For example, it's hard to keep my cool when Chloe insists that, after brushing her teeth, she must drink and slowly spit into the sink at least two full glasses of water before her palate is sufficiently cleansed. Writing about it makes me laugh, but sadly, I've never done so while it's happening. Instead of getting annoyed, I should be proud of the creativity of her stalling technique. Wish me luck tonight!

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