In the midst of day to day stress, creating and maintaining connection with your child can take tremendous focus and effort. In times of conflict, it’s easy to let stress overcome other thought processes. This can lead to a spiraling pattern between you and your child—your stress can increase theirs, leading to decreased cooperation. All of this leads to more stress, and the cycle continues. This is why it’s important to try to work on your connection with your child before times of increased stress arise.
Consider the following ways to strengthen your parent-child connection. You may notice less conflict and more cooperation overall:
A quick way to put all this together in a few words is “connection before correction.” Take time to connect with your children to increase cooperation in your household. For more information on connecting with your children and the effects of positive discipline, check out our Quick Solutions Libraries, Parenting Principles for Progress Not Perfection and Connection = Cooperation. And make sure to check our calendar for upcoming Live Interactive Workshops on this and many other parenting topics.
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