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Is Your Child Out of Control

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Is your child out of control? It is a difficult time for everyone so here are some tips.

Show your child what out of control looks like. As a parent you must set the example and clearly state what is out of control and what is not. Demonstrate what it looks like and do it quietly even if the behavior involves yelling or running away. Sometimes it is silly but always it should be private and not public so the child sees for himself what he is doing. Find something good to say about your child and say it.

Positive reinforcement helps to achieve a happier sense of home. First though, parents should be an example and model family rules. If there are no family rules, sit down and reasonably set the rules. This may severely change the way you as parents behave. No yelling no hitting no strap. What are your strengths and weaknesses as a parent? If you need to change your behavior, then do it and tell your child why. The way you change your way of parenting will help your child even if it does not appear that way for several weeks. If you have changed then you have made yourself into a role model and with professional help you can improve your family’s home life.

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