Q: "Do you have any tips on patience when children get to the questions phase in life and have a million questions a minute?" -Carissa, mother of 2
A: After EVERY question, pause, then say, "Great question! What do you think?" This allows your kiddos to start relying on their own resources, which in turn increases the self- confidence of both parent and child!
Q: "What do I have to do or say to get my teen to listen to me the first time I tell them to do something? It seems like I have to ask and remind a dozen times before something gets done!".
A: One main goal of parenting is to prepare your child for the real world. As an adult, we pay others to do jobs we don't want to do. If you've asked your child to complete a task and they “forgot", you do the job, or enlist a sibling to do it and then send an invoice! What a great opportunity to learn about due dates and late fees! Do not ever remind the child about the job or about the late fees. Kids will come to expect the same amount of reminders-plus one- that they are used to receiving. Like many strategies recommended, you will likely only have to do this a handful of times before your kid completes tasks right away to avoid financial penalties😉
Another option is to allow the child privileges when the task is complete. “You're welcome to watch tv/ play video games/ go to your friend’s house…when your job is done”