It can turn our whole day around for the worst when our children are constantly asking the same thing over and over. We may start out with enthusiasm, but it does not take long before we are wanting to pull out our hair.
What if I told you there is a way to stop the nagging, complaining, and whining in its tracks?
I have an awesome tip that is going to rock your world, and it only takes three simple words.
Are you ready for this?
ASKED AND ANSWERED.
Here is an example:
“Mom, I really want to go outside and play now.”
“You can as soon as we get done with your math work.”
“But I really want to right now. Why can’t I right now?”
You look at the child in the eyes. “Asked and answered.”
He asked to play outside and I said when his work is done.
It really is that simple. The child asked and I answered. There is no reason to negotiate. There is no reason to argue. They asked when they could do something and I answered. End of story.
This has been a sanity saver for me.
Over time I have had to say these three words less and less. But if I ever find myself getting into an argument with one of my children, I stop and remind myself to respond with “Asked and answered.” These three simple words will stop the nagging in its tracks.
“Children learn more from what you are than what you teach. -W.E.B. DuBois
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