Advice: You are your child’s life coach

BY MARIA LUISA SALCINES

Children react differently to discipline. Some get it right away; they listen and respond when you talk to them. Others are emotional and less rational and will question every step of the way.

Your children are going to want to do whatever they want. The younger they are, the more likely they will think the world revolves around them.

When they are getting their way, they are happy and cooperative. But when you don’t give them what they want, they will make sure you know how they feel with tantrums, crying, whining, etc.

Your reaction to these outbursts is important because it will teach your child that their behavior is not appropriate.

Rules are a part of life and, if you don’t raise your kids with a good foundation, they will struggle through life. No one is going to want to be around a spoiled child.

And you have to be realistic. Accepting that your child will misbehave allows you to prepare yourself for those incidents.

You are a life coach. Your child is in basic training and you are in charge of guiding him or her. Be consistent, as the older your child gets the more information they will retain.

Remember to be loving and patient. Parenting is a tough job in which you don’t get paid and will feel unappreciated by your children.

But you have the satisfaction and gratification of raising a good and decent human being.

Maria Luisa Salcines is a freelance writer and certified parent educator with The International Network for Children and Families in Redirecting Children’s Behavior and Redirecting for a Cooperative Classroom. Follow her on Twitter @PowerOfFamily or Instagram @mlsalcines. You can contact her on her blog FamilyLifeandFindingHappy.com.