If you feel as though your children are frequently pushing boundaries, making it difficult to set limits, you may need to work on your follow through?
When you follow through, you show your child that they can trust you because you mean what you say.
In the ABA world, this concept is often linked with having instructional control. When you have instructional control, it ensures you are in charge. Children crave rules and boundaries to provide a level of structure to their daily lives.
Follow through isn’t easy. It often results in tantrums and “threats” from children; however, you are also providing your children with the building blocks needed to become controlled, confident thinkers.
Don’t forget to use the communication tips included when speaking and interacting with children. These simple tips will help you to engage your child before delivering a set of instructions, thus increasing its effectiveness.
And as always REINFORCE the “good” behaviors you see! This is a quick and easy way to show your child that you like what you see and will increase the likelihood that they will engage in the behavior again in the future.
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