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Children need and want rules. A truly nurturing adult earns children's respect by being firm and fair in a way that reminds children they are protected by a sturdy protective wall of reasonable limits that surrounds them and keeps them safe. What they don't need is anger and retaliation. Anger is frightening and can cause people to lose control of their actions. The nurturing adult is not hesitant to enforce appropriate rules fairly and firmly.
(This tip submitted by Shirley Sullivan, Kid Guru)
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|