Believe it or not; there is a fine, often unidentifiable, line between being firm or mean when it comes to disciplining your kids.
Parents should take note of this One Minute video to ensure they remain firm but not mean when they interact with their teen.
Difference Between Being Firm or Mean
I’ve noticed that many parents, when they’ve been told to be more firm with their kids, have blurred the lines between simply being firm and unmoving with being mean and abrasive. They falsely think that enforcing boundaries and holding the line on their position means they have to use forceful words, tones, and body language. And though there may be rare times for such intimidating factors, you’re most often shooting yourself in the foot by using them.
You can and should be firm when enforcing boundaries without even raising your voice. So, instead of rough talk or yelling, try calmly stating your expectations, the consequences if they apply, and then go on about your business—always ready to enforce your position.
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