Power struggle

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Thwart the power struggle. If your child’s behavior makes you feel angry or even threatened, you are probably engaged in a power struggle. Your response may be to punish, fight back or just give in. If your child continues to defy you or he does what you ask but slowly or in a sloppy manner, his goal is to feel powerful and keep control. The solution is not to show him who is in charge. It is to give him a sense of control.

  • Allow your child opportunities to take control and make decisions.
  • Don’t argue for the sake of winning.
  • When you are becoming angry, take a break. Your anger can cloud your judgment and fuel the power struggle.

The source of this tip is richmondfamilymagazine.com (July 2015). #TableTalk