With a new year brings a new beginning and new challenges. Take some time to step back and reflect on your parenting skills. Make notes on what parenting strategies worked and those that did not work. Record your child’s behaviors and think of ways you can better address them. Set some parenting goals that directly relate to your child’s specific behavior challenges.
For example: Your three year old son starts screaming when you ask him to pick up his toys. You: Take a breath. State the consequences for his behaviors (calmly) if he chooses not to clean up his toys. Turn clean-up into a race of who can pick up the most toys in ten seconds. Reward him verbally for following directions.
If you aren’t sure what goals to set, ask a family member or trusted friend to help. You cannot control your child’s behavior, but you can control the way you react to it. Remember, your parenting is what YOU make it.