Thursday, January 6, 2011

More from Kevin Leman

Here's Dr. Keven Leman's Top Ten Countdown to Having a New Kid by Friday:
  1. Be 100% consistent in your behavior
  2. Always follow through on what you say you will do.
  3. Respond, don't react.
  4. Count to 10 and ask yourself, "What would my old self do in this situation? What should the new me do?"
  5. Never threaten your kids.
  6. Never get angry. (When you do get angry, apologize quickly.)
  7. Don't give any warnings. (If you warn your child, you're saying, "You're stupid. I have to tell you twice.")
  8. Ask yourself, "Whose problem is this?" (Don't own what isn't yours.)
  9. Don't think the misbehavior will go away.
  10. Keep a happy face on, even when you want something else. (Taken from p. 289 of Have a New Kid by Friday)
Hopefully, some of those grabbed your attention to implement with your kids. I encourage you to pick up his book to find out more of what those mean and how to put them into practice.

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