Sometimes a little humor is all we need to avert a power struggle.
When I asked my 6-year-old to put on his socks and shoes, something he knew how to do, he said, "I can't do it by myself."
"If you aren't wearing the socks, then I will," I said and put on one. He laughed aloud. I continued, "Let's compare our feet."
He giggled and quickly put on the other sock.
Then I took off his sock. "See if it still fits."
He pulled on the sock, slipped on his shoes and grabbed his backpack. Completely forgotten was the power struggle, and we both left the house in a good mood.
This article appeared in the December 2015/January 2016 issue of Thriving Family magazine. Copyright © 2015 by Renee Robinson. Used by permission. ThrivingFamily.com.
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