by Michele Markstrom, LMFT
1. Be proactive. Plan ahead to avoid common problem situations. Recognize them and change how you handle them.
2. Encourage and support the behavior that you want to see in your child. Use verbal praise to highlight when your child listens or makes a good effort.
3. Act more/talk less. Limit the number of times that you repeat a direction to 2-3 times. If your child isn’t listening, take action. Use a time out or remove a privilege.
4. Find support for yourself. Ask family or friends for help with your child.
5. Take time for yourself and your partner. Plan time to spend together as a couple and/or individual time to do something for yourself.