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As you've probably noticed, children this age are almost completely focused on the world of play. Your child's elaborate fantasy life may not leave much room for your veto when he's attempting to transform the dining room table into a fort. Take heart: What seems like disrespect is often just your grade-schooler's need to concentrate on the task at hand.
Instead of blowing your top, patiently repeat yourself. Since children tend to tune out constant no's, use the word sparingly. Instead of yelling, "I said no!" tell him "Dinner is almost ready, and we need the table for eating." Provide a stimulating, childproofed environment (yes, it's still important) that gives you plenty of opportunities to say yes. Then choose your battles carefully and focus on the transgressions that are truly worthy of reprimand — such as roughhousing with his sister in the back seat or trying to put off his homework until morning. When you do say no, make sure you mean it.