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Kids Struggle in Different Ways

Written by Debbie Parker. Posted in Parenting Corner

Some children struggle with things externally, acting out, getting in trouble at school or with the law, and disobeying their parents. Through these actions they often learn valuable life lessons. It’s not the best way to learn, and the experiences they face are often unforgiving and painful.

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Help Children Take Responsibility - Part 2

Written by Debbie Parker. Posted in Parenting Corner

During a discipline time, asking your children, "What did you do wrong?" can help them learn to take responsibility for their actions. Sometimes children don't even know what they did wrong. You may have to tell your child, but don't just say it and have your child agree, actually have the child repeat back to you what was wrong and take responsibility for it.

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Help Children Take Responsibility - Part 1

Written by Debbie Parker. Posted in Parenting Corner

Some children have a hard time taking responsibility for their faults and weaknesses. A debriefing after a discipline time is always helpful. When your child is ready to go on with life take a few moments and talk about what happened.

We encourage parents to ask, "What did you do wrong?" This question helps get the conversation going. Ask in a gentle way, not accusing. This allows your child to admit what he or she did wrong. It's important for children to take responsibility for their actions. If others were involved, as they often are, a child should not excuse misbehavior by blaming someone else. The foolishness of others doesn't justify a wrong response.