Many of the complaints I hear from parents have to do with children’s irresponsibility and forgetful behavior. It usually begins early, around 4 or 5 years old, and peaks when a child hits junior high school. It’s critical that children learn to be self-reliant.
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Here are 3 rules to teach children to remember things: (1) stop remembering for them; (2) don’t say “I told you so!”; and (3) don’t tell them what will happen. Let the consequences do the talking for you. When parents remind children, they rely on the reminders and become incapable of remembering for themselves.
It is important to have conversations at the dinner table or in the car that does not involve kids fighting, parentings yelling or nagging. Purposeful conversations start a real conversation and help your family communicate better and learn to share.
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