Teach Your Children How to Argue
All parents argue with their kids. Welcome to life. This is a good thing. And while it can be quite frustrating to constantly feel at odds with your son or daughter and have your authority put under question and bluntly prodded by your children, parents need to keep in mind that this is a normal part of social development. In fact, think of the resistance-of-authority boxing ring as a training ground for your kids that allows them to develop and flex some important emotional muscles they’ll need to use later on in the adult world. Think of these as safe practice rounds for your kids, and let your awareness of this dynamic help steer how you internalize these difficult moments – in short, make it a learning experience for both of you.
Here are a few thoughts to help you tame these spats, keep them in perspective, and how you can help your kids pull as many benefits from the “talking back” experience as possible. After all — you might as well make the fight worthwhile.
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Just a friendly reminder to all of those frustrated parents out there!