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You're not Doing Your Kid Any Favors...When You Count

[We are looking at several common parenting techniques which are damaging to your child in the long run.]

You're not doing your kid any favors when you count. You know what I mean. “Alex, come here. Alex, come here. Alex, come here. Alex come here right now. Mommy is not happy. ALEX! Alex, if you don't come here right now, I am going to tell Daddy. Alex. ALEX! ALEX!!! One, Two, Three...” [Alex hotfoots it the other direction...]

I do not know where the idea came from that a countdown is a good way to instill fear or coerce obedience, but this belief is amazingly widespread. Go to your local grocery store this afternoon—I bet you will see a “counter.” If you must count, start at three and work backwards. At least then you have a concrete point at which you stop counting and start chasing. If you count up, you might be at “thirteen, fourteen…” and your child is long gone.

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Published on November 14, 2011 at 8:44 pm |

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