Gaining Cooperation

Key Points for Increasing Responsible Behavior
Point # 6:

Gaining Cooperation

One way to gain our child’s coop­er­a­tion is to be aware of the way we speak to them when they do some­thing wrong or when they are not fol­low­ing through with a direc­tion. If you are a par­ent that con­tin­u­ally repeats direc­tions it is pos­si­ble that your child has tuned you out and hears your voice as mere back­ground noise. Additionally, if your requests are ignored and go with­out con­se­quence then your child will con­tinue to be unre­spon­sive to you. To gain your child’s coop­er­a­tion it is often best to describe the prob­lem is sim­ple terms, state the impor­tance, tell your child what you want them to do, (not what you don’t want them to do) and then limit your reminders. Make sure your child knows that your request is seri­ous and ignor­ing it is not an option. Limit the amount of requests you make so that it is not over­whelm­ing. Prioritize, choose your bat­tles and build your expec­ta­tions as your child demon­strates improved behav­ior. A child that coop­er­ates is more likely to make choices that demon­strate their family’s val­ues.

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