November 14, 2008, Newsletter Issue #208: Donīt compete with the noise

Tip of the Week

When the kids are noisy, donīt compete with them. If they are yelling or making a lot of noise, approach them in a calm and quiet manner and ask them to quieten down. If you yell or make more noise, it becomes a competition and you give them signals that, because youīve gone louder, that they can too (despite the fact that youīre actually trying to achieve the opposite). If theyīre using volume as a way of rebelling (loud music or TV), try talking to them calmly and sensibly. Their volume is a signal that they want something from you. Perhaps you can strike a better deal rather then just competing for who is the loudest.

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