Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Parenting lines that don't work

"Alright, we're just going to leave you here."

Variations: "We're leaving now." "We're heading to the car."

Why you think it will work:  Given the choice between sticking with the nice, safe parent or being left alone on a mean, cruel playground (or similar), the child will choose sticking with the parent.

Why it doesn't work:  The only reason you're using this line is because your kid is already intent upon staying.  She/he doesn't see the playground as mean and cruel, but fun.

Better to just to grab his or her hand and go.  There may be a fit the first few times if you haven't done it before, but you'll be better off in the long run.

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