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Corral Those Behaviours

8 yr. old Rosie sulks and pouts when she doesn’t get her own way. Tired of dealing with her sour attitude, Mum and Dad decide to corral this behavior with fences (boundaries).

What would a fence look like?

Mum and Dad are agreed that the second Rosie shows a negative response to something, she will be told to sit with her hands folded and no talking until she has self-control. She must apologize before she can rejoin the family.
No more reminders, nagging or lectures by her parents. They agreed to keep each other consistent.

If a child is not characterized by doing the right thing in demonstrating a moral value (like Rosie) without constant direction or supervision on the part of the parent or someone in authority, this behavior belongs in the funnel.

 

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