Friday 5! ? Limits (4 Steps to Success)

by | March 9, 2018 | 0 comments

Friday 5! ? Limits (4 Steps to Success)

by | March 9, 2018 | 0 comments

Today on the Friday 5 I’m discussing one of my favorite methods to stick to strong limits in our family lives.

The four step process of Proactive Agreements, Empathy, Restate Agreements, & Choices, helps kids feel respected, empowered & at choice….which leads them to respect your limits better and more consistently.

This week, we’re starting with step one: Proactive Agreements.

In today’s Friday 5, I explain why making Proactive Agreements is so important & why kids respond well when we incorporate them into our days together. It’s important to remember that agreements are different than just telling your kiddo what to do (because that would be a compliance statement!). Explaining the rule, teaching about it’s importance, asking them to repeat it & shaking or fist bumping are all aspects of making effective agreements.

If you’re thinking, “Where do I even start, should I have an agreement for everything?”…choose the area where you’ve noticed a negative pattern in your family life. Maybe bedtime ALWAYS has tears. Or there’s ALWAYS an argument at the checkout aisle of target. Or there’s ALWAYS a meltdown when it’s time to leave a playdate. Those areas where we have consistent patterns of misbehavior are a great signal that we should be making agreements BEFORE we head into the situation.

 


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