Child Dictator last seen in the lounge room…. throwing the remote at his sister!
Has a mini Colonel Gaddafi taken up residence in your house? Is he or she three-foot-tall but thinks they’re running the show! Do they demand your undivided attention and will scream the house down if they don’t get it? Do they refuse to follow any instructions, and simply do as they please? Sounds like a dictatorship to me. But don’t worry, you’re not alone. It seems to me we are doing a great job of raising a whole new generation of them – just when we thought we were ridding the world of most of them.
Where are they coming from? I actually think they are all just completely normal kids, albeit rather strong-willed. However, due to the really crappy popular parenting advice that we’re flooded with today, these little ‘dictators in the making’ can’t help but learn that they can get away with it, and like any self-respecting child (or adult for that matter), if there’s a chance of getting your own way, you’re crazy not to grab it. And like any dictator worth their salt, once they’ve had a taste of the power, a little is never enough, and they won’t give it up without a fight! So, batten down the hatches parents, you need to re-group and take back control. A household simply won’t survive when a child is in charge.
And how does a parent take back control? As the saying goes, we don’t negotiate with terrorists – so no more bargaining and negotiating, no more giving in to their demands; demand respect, and keep reminding yourself that you’re the boss, they aren’t. I know this sounds straight forward, and the reality is you will likely need some heavier-duty strategies to dethrone your dictator. Please feel free to make an appointment to discuss your concerns, or if you are not local, try one of the manuals for specific strategies to help. And good luck!
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