Don’t let the things your kids say push your buttons

December 06, 2011 6:00 AM
Bryan Greeson

Santa truly knows who’s been naughty and who’s been nice. If you have excited little chaps counting down the days ‘til Christmas, I’m sure you are dealing with some misbehavior. Remember, kids are crafty and will do whatever to get out of trouble. Just as avid shoppers are looking for those perfect Christmas gifts, you as parent should be on lookout for these little manipulations from your kids:

  • “I hate you!” This upsetting little phrase can start as early as the toddler years but may continue on through the teens. If you have little ones, “I hate you” may all but stop your heartbeat, but trust me. When you have teens those three words won’t faze you. These words have absolutely nothing to do with true feelings, but the mere fact that little Bradley’s in big trouble. How do you respond? “Alright, I don’t want to hear those words out of your mouth again, and you know darn well you don’t hate me. If I hear that again, you can go straight to time-out. You address the misbehavior because that’s all it is.

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