“But they’re not yours!”
My wife bought a set of pajamas for my son, K. But my elder daughter, J, wanted them instead.
Put it crudely, it’s kind of like forced possession. The pajamas were hijacked when J said, “I want to wear the pajamas!!!”
The triple exclamations mark the unfriendly tone.
She continued, “The pajamas are too big for K. Let me wear them first until he’s big enough for them.”
If this happened some time last year, I’d have used my authority to lecture J by telling her this was not the right thing to do.
If required, screaming and yelling would be applied to a certain extent.
But, guess what, I am a different person now. My resolution is not to instill unpleasant and hostile feelings in my children – towards me.
Instead, my wife and I did the following.
- I hugged her and acknowledged her feelings:
- My wife explained to her that why she didn’t buy for her.
- It’s time to come up with an agreement.
The whole episode ended with peace.
When you happen to be in such a situation, remember to handle it calmly. Don’t lose your cool. Acknowledge the feelings of you child. Listen (with no interruptions) to her point of view. Suggest to her some solutions. Better still, let your child come up with ideas. Reach a consensus and…
Get ready for bed. Night night.
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