2. Consider their needs first.
3. Schedule your day so they can be in a position to respond to their body clock i.e. to sleep when they are tired and eat when they are hungry.
4. Talk to them when it is social or feeding time. Tell them what is happening. Use correct language and a calm tone.
5. When giving them a directive, keep it short and clear and repeat it exactly while demonstrating the action or process.
6. Always tell them the truth. Keep the details simple and clear.
7. Always tell them what is going to occur and what you expect of them.
8. Have clearly defined standards of behavior that both parents agree on.
9. Have clearly defined values that both parents agree on.
10. Never say anything you don’t mean and follow up on what you say.
We are beginning the New Year with weekly communication about each of these commandments.
Whether you are in the early stages of parenting or your children have been in your life for a while, everyone can build more skilled and rewarding relationships.
I am really excited about the opportunity to improve everyone’s lives.
Talk to you next week!