Every family has rules they follow. Some families set rules in an orderly fashion while other wait until a crisis happens to set guidelines. Rules provide for safety, protection, family convenience, and to teach children to be responsible.Children need rules that are clear and easy to understand. One way is for parents and children is to post the rules where everybody can see them. Children need to learn there are some rules that are non-negotiable, and must be followed and obeyed by everyone. Examples include:
- Traffic laws
- Paying for items before leaving the store
- Safety rules
Growing children also need to learn that some rules are negotiable. Negotiation teaches children how to think about where, when, why etc. The process of negotiation helps children learn to be responsible for their own behaviors. Parents are responsible for this process and children are responsible for the results.
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How to Deal With Small Issues on the Playground
Take a closer look at Kelso's Choices Wheel. Your family can use it to help children solve their own problem (small one) prior to asking an adult for help.
- Go to another Game
- Talk it Out
- Share and Take turns
- Ignore it
- Walk Away
- Tell Them To Stop
- Make a Deal
- Wait and Cool Off