Respectful Arguments: How Parents Teach Children Open-Mindedness
Any parent can teach kids to be open and respectful. But it takes practice. Today we'll share:
- 9 simple rules for open-minded disagreements
- 1 practice example about a sleepover
- A 90 second video with 5 reasons why children love confiding in you
9 Rules for Conducting Open-Minded Arguments
Have you and your child ever yelled at each other? Did you feel guilty and wish it hadn't happened? I know the feeling.
If you're like most parents, you'll have many disagreements with your kids. Now you can turn them into opportunities for open-minded discussions. If you do, you'll be teaching your child an important life skill.
How to teach your child 9 simple rules for open-minded respectful disagreements:
- Both speak in a calm voice.
- Both hear and repeat each other's words or ideas.
- Both take time to find the good points in each other's thoughts.
- Discuss each other's good points.
- Create a compromise in which each side wins. at least, a little.
- Avoid arguing, yelling, walking away, or being sarcastic.
- If either side is disrespectful, make a future date to discuss the issue.
- Keep that date and stay calm.
- Praise your child for her respectful openness during the argument.
Use This Sleepover Example to Role-play:
Your 12 year-old son, George, is begging you to stay overnight with a friend you've never met. He says he doesn't know his mom's name or number. You want to introduce yourself and checkout the sleepover with her.
Use the 9 rules for staying open-minded and come to a consensus. In the end, remember you are still the parent and have the responsibility to make sure your child is safe. The final decision is yours even if your child is unhappy.
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