Keys to Cooperation

We hope you were able to join us for our second Facebook LIVE, but if not, we have shared it with you here!

The last several weeks we have been talking about more parenting foundations such as slowing down, defining our parenting styles, managing meltdowns and keeping our head. If you missed any take a quick peek here.

During our LIVE episode we focused on cooperation. We first defined it as a a way to balance our needs with someone else’s. A joint effort. We talked about 4 strategies we can tap into to gain cooperation from our children.

  1. Keep instructions specific and clear. “I’d like you to ______” instead of “Stop it”.
  2. Offer a small choice. “Would you like to do _____ or ____ first?”
  3. Use suggestions versus commands. “You will need a hat” instead of “Put on your hat”.
  4. Use inductive reasoning – which means explaining why you want what you want. “It’s cold outside, you will need a hat. Do you want to put your coat or hat on first?”

And finally, we shared a great guidance tool from the Program for Infant Toddler Caregivers (PITC) by Ronald J. Lally. This tool can be used for children over 18 months of age. I have loved this tool since my children were young and I still use it with my teen and twenty year old!.

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Lori Korthals, M.S.

Mother of three. Lover of all things child development related. Fascinated by temperament and brain development. Professional background with families, child care providers, teachers and community service entities.

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