When kids whine or disagree, many parents make the mistake of either laying down the law too quickly or giving in too easily, says Scott Brown, a founding member of the Harvard Negotiation Project and the Hanover, NH-based author of How to Negotiate With Kids... Even When You Think You Shouldn't. "Negotiating will save you time in the long run by establishing rules kids are more likely to follow," says Brown, who offers these strategies:
Copyright © 2003. Reprinted with permission from the March 2003 issue of Child magazine.