When Children Test Limits and Don’t Accept Choices

When Children Test Limits and Don’t Accept Choices

Family Communication, Positive Discipline, Preschoolers 3-5 yrs, Toddlers 12- 36 months
Understanding why children test limits and sometimes refuse to cooperate with parents even when given choices. So you give your child choice A or B...and they choose C (not a or b but a made up choice by them) Now what? This is where many parents stumble, for really choice A and B were ones that you really wanted them to take to make it easy for you. And darn it all, they choose C. You know--it is time to leave so you ask, "Are you going to put on your shoes all by yourself (choice A) or would you like my help (choice B)? Reasonable choices and typically it is a slam dunk and out the door you go. But today, your child ignores you...runs away...picks up their shoes…
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