Admit it. There are times you just want to run and hide. It's what your child did or didn't do, said or didn't say. Or maybe you're just so worn out that you don't have the strength to face something even mildly annoying.
Whether it's a minor skirmish, or you're headed toward a cliff, you have to face it. You just have to go for the truth and deal with things as they happen. If you go for harmony, whatever it is will be waiting for you, and may even get worse the longer you put it off.
Listen to that voice -- the voice of your natural parenting instincts. You know, the one you wish would pipe down, because sometimes what you need to do is just so hard to do. And when you do, keep the following in mind:
* Express yourself clearly and without drama.
* Listen to your child's side of the story.
* Set clear expectations.
* Consequences (when needed) should teach, not punish.
Don't put off until tomorrow what you can do today? Yeah, that works here, too.
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