DIY Discipline

When to Step In

It's good to let kids solve their own problems. But you should get involved if your child is...

The Boss

  • If he has an it's-my-way-or-the-highway attitude, it's time to set some ground rules: Each kid gets to take a turn playing the game he wants.

The Pushover

  • Pull your kid aside and let her know that it's okay to speak up: Her friends don't always have to get their way.

The Negotiator

  • Your kid constantly uses bribery ("Let me play with the ball, and I'll give you candy") to get what he wants. Explain that friendship is about give-and-take -- not about getting the upper hand.

The Victim

  • Teasing can be a tough thing for preschoolers to respond to on the spot. Help your child come up with what to say ahead of time by asking, "What's something good to do or say when you're teased?"

Copyright © 2007. Used with permission from the September 2007 issue of Parents magazine

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