Parenting is more effective when you don’t laugh at your child’s behavior

January 18, 2011 by  
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We can all appreciate how cute and funny it is to hear this little girl say she’s “going to kick his (monster’s) ass.”  What is not so funny is that she is being given a double message by her mother.  Her mother is laughing while telling her, “That’s not nice.”  Which do you think will have more impact…words or laughter?  I know kids say lots of things that are really a riot.  Just remember that behavior (in this case laughter) will always speak louder than words and is much more impressionable on kids.  So, if you really don’t want your child to repeat a behavior or a word, then please try to hold the laughter…and save it for later.

What I want to praise this mom about is that at the end of the video, not only did she tell the girl that “ass’ is not a nice word, she also gave her another word to replace it.  “You should say, ‘kick his butt.'” 

As parents, there is a tendency to tell our kids what NOT to do, without remembering to replace it with something they CAN do.  So, giving her daughter a different way to say it was great.

Enjoy your kids!

What do you think?  Please feel free to comment below.

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