Creative Child June 2018 - Page 22

editor’s choice Now, any time my kid shows disrespect or defiance, the first thing I do is shine the spotlight on myself. Have I been spending quality time with him? Have I been speaking life-giving, affirming words or have I been critical? Have I spent too much time on my laptop, phone, or work and not enough time listening, loving, and connecting? The answer to my child’s disrespect often lies in the answers to those questions. If my son is feeling disconnected, those feelings often come out as defiance or disrespect, and the remedy is simply to reconnect. 21