Creative Child June 2018 - Page 20

editor’s choice Handling Disrespect with Positive Parenting BY: Rebecca Eanes Feeling disrespected is a big trigger for many parents, and too often, we respond with disrespect of our own. Sometimes in the middle of a power struggle, our parenting strategy dissolves into one-upping our kids and aiming to get the last word. We can feel really justified in handing out a punishment to a disrespectful child because 1) we are angry and triggered (how dare they?) and 2) a natural or logical consequence isn’t easy to see. 19