Be Clear About Rules and Stay Strong
It is highly likely your child is going to challenge your authority. Some kids do it constantly while others will attempt it every now and then. However, it is going to happen all the way through until your teen leaves home for college.
You are going to be amazed at just how determined a young child or a teen can be when he or she wants their own way. Every time this happens it is a direct challenge to your authority. At that moment your child sees you as the only thing in the world stopping him or her from getting or doing what they want.
There are a number of ways they try to break you down. They can be cheeky, they can whiny (going on and on in that high pitched whine), they can throw a full blown tantrum or they can openly defy you by breaking the rules.
It’s important for you to understand a child can only defy you by breaking the rules if that child knows and understands the rules. It is up to you to ensure your child is full aware of what you will and won’t expect. You should go the extra mile and let your child know why you have particular rules in place. It is also necessary for your child to understand the rules are not only for his or her good but for the smooth and fair functioning of the entire family.
It’s a good idea to keep the rules simple but for your child to know he or she will be punished if the rules are broken. If you want your child to respect the rules then you must be respected. This means you have to enforce the rules by never allowing your child to talk you into allowing them to be broken. Your ‘yes’ is yes and our ‘no’ is no.