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Reacting or Responding-What’s the Difference?

Imagine that your oldest kids are fighting…again.  Or, your youngest just spilled his juice box on the floor.  Or, your daughter is whining that life is “not fair.”

What’s your knee-jerk reply?

Are you a yeller? Do you criticize? Overreact? Maybe you ignore, walk away or throw up your hands in frustration.

Or…do you inquire? Invite discussion and problem solving? Make space for big emotions?

As we strive to have strong positive relationships with our children, it’s important to remember to Respond rather than React.

If you sometimes struggle when choosing the right words/avoiding the wrong ones with your children, check out the great tips

Nicole Schwarz, Certified Parent Coach, has put together on her “Imperfect Families” website.

You will want to be ready!

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