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Barking Orders

"Get your coat!" "Brush your teeth!" "Clean your room!" Bossing your child around isn't the best way to get him to behave. "When you command your child to do something, his body will tend to stiffen and his brain will send the message to resist," says Jane Nelsen, Ed.D, author of the "Positive Discipline" series. Instead, she recommends asking your child a question such as "What should you wear so you're not cold?" or "How can you make your teeth feel clean?" or "How can we make sure no one trips on all these toys in your room?" which lets her body relax while her brain searchers for an answer. "Asking questions invites the child to think for herself and helps her feel more capable, connected and likely to cooperate," says Dr. Nelsen.

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