Parenting Advice – Talk To Your Children Like Equals

In my previous post I talked about making threats to your children and why it doesn’t work. In this post we’ll talk about my preferred method of parenting — persuasion.

Persuasion requires you to communicate with your children for the purpose of influencing their beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors. Through communication as equals they will learn to respect and understand you. Once your child trusts you they will be more open to your guidance.

The power of persuasion will also help them through life. Job interviews, sales, politics, and many more things benefit from effective communication.

How did president Obama become president? Persuasion. Continue reading “Parenting Advice – Talk To Your Children Like Equals”

Parenting Advice – Should I Threaten My Child To Get Them To Behave

In my previous post I talked about physical discipline and why I’m against it. In this post we’re going to talk about coercion.

Coercion is the use of threats to get someone to comply.

Coercion meaning

Here are some examples:

“If you don’t get in that shower right now I will give you a spanking.”
“If you don’t wash the dishes I will take away your favorite toy.”
“If you don’t pick up your room I’ll ground you.” Continue reading “Parenting Advice – Should I Threaten My Child To Get Them To Behave”

Parenting Advice – Should I Spank Or Hit My Child?

This is part 2 of 4 on the best way to discipline your child. In my previous post I talked about being disciplined as a kid. I also mentioned the three parenting strategies I have tried. This post is about my first strategy — physical discipline.

As a kid I took my fair share of beatings so I always resorted to physical intimidation to get what I wanted from others. This made me immune to other forms of punishment.

I set a school record for most detentions. One of my teachers sent me to in school suspension three days in a row because I entered the classroom with a smirk on my face. In school suspension involves sitting in a chair and staring at a clock until school is finished. Continue reading “Parenting Advice – Should I Spank Or Hit My Child?”

Parenting Advice – What’s The Best Way To Discipline Your Child

Spankings were the way to discipline children when I was a kid. No one complained about child abuse and spankings were something you “earned” and “deserved”. Belts, wooden spoons, and spatulas were completely fair game.

When I was 9 years old I said something cocky to one of my parents friends — he grabbed me, kicked me in my ass, and told me to never talk like that again. When I say he kicked me in my ass, I mean he actually took his foot Continue reading “Parenting Advice – What’s The Best Way To Discipline Your Child”