Aggression, agressive, agressiveness, assertive, assertiveness, August 11, Backtalk, behavior, child development, child rearing, clinical psychologist, Communication, disrespect, family, Health, home, Kelly M Flanagan, kids talk back, Mental Health, Mises Daily: Friday, Parent, Parenting, respect, Thought, toddler
My toddler is independent in his genes as well as from how he has been thus far raised. Heard of the terrible two’s? The DAY he turned 2 it hit. And have you heard that it gets worse when they turn three? Guess what… the DAY he turned 3 it hit. Not the day of his party, thank goodness, which was the day before, but the DAY OF HIS THIRD BIRTHDAY. Oh my gosh. That was less than a month ago. So it has been a few weeks now that my independent, opinionated, outgoing, strong-willed son and I have been going at it, so to speak. A battle of wills, one might say.
I can even agree with him on what he wants to do and he can suddenly decide to throw a fit. I told myself that he must be coming down with something, so I tried cuddling. This could not be my child, throwing tantrums, saying NO, fussing all the time. Not my normally happy, charming, teasing darling Edan!
And then I saw this article about allowing kids to talk back and it wasn’t just the hair on the back of my neck standing up; my lip curled up and my eyebrow arched and if looks could kill (and if I could have seen the author of that article), he would have dropped right there on the spot. Fortunately for him, looks can’t kill, I couldn’t see him, and, incidentally, I hadn’t yet read the article.
I decided to, more for arguments’ sake than for anything else, I think. Tell me what YOU think!! (He’s a clinical psychologist, by the way, with a couple of children of his own.)
- Stick and Stones. (jordanburrier.wordpress.com)
- How Can You Learn to Behave, If You’re Never Punished? (psychologytoday.com)
- How to discipline out of control kids (cnn.com)
- Are You Assertive Enough? Take This Quiz To Find Out (forbes.com)
- Second Steps (mgiannattasio.wordpress.com)
- Assertiveness (amadmanspathtoreason.com)
- empowering discipline (paulgmoss.wordpress.com)