Don't Solve Their Problems For Them
You've fixed everything in your child's life, from physical pains to emotional ones. But now your child has to learn how to do these things themselves. This doesn't mean you have to sit back and watch what happens. Rather, Icard suggests the following approach:
- Listen to the problem.
- Ask how the problem makes them feel.
- Ask them to come up with a list of solutions — don't react!
- Ask them to pick their favorite solutions.
- Ask how that outcome would make them feel.
- Let them pick the solution with the best outcome for them.
- Follow up and see how things went.
This allows you to stay in the loop without intervening and teaches your child proper problem-solving skills.
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