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“You’re not listening to me!” I’ve got news for you: your child hears you just fine. Listening is not the problem. “Not listening” has become a catchall diagnosis of parent-child discontent in the same way that most couples enter marital therapy with a “communication problem.” Unless you both literally don’t speak the same language, that […]

When your child makes a request, REFLECT: “You want to go to the store and get a new Jesse guy.” VALIDATE: “You are saying this is very important to you because your Jesse guy broke.” CONSIDER: Try to find a way to say yes. “We could go to the store tomorrow after school and you […]

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