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The Six Childhood Transitions
Active, Passive and Micro Defiance
Lying
Stealing 
Cheating 
Tattling 
Diffusing Power Struggles


The Six Childhood Transitions
The word “transition” speaks to the maturing process where old ways of seeing and doing things give way to new understanding, improved life skills, and meaningful behaviors. The more proactive parents are in understanding each transition of childhood, the better equipped they are in anticipating what’s around the next developmental corner. They are in a better place to lead and manage their children’s unfolding and increasingly complex world, rather than continually playing catch-up through correction.  

Active, Passive and Micro Defiance
Not all expressions of childhood disobedience look or sound the same. While some children are opening defiant to parental leadership, other children show their contrary disposition in subtle passive ways. Often it is not a full blown protest in Mom or Dad’s face, but nonetheless, it is still disobedience in need of parental attention and direction. 

 

 

When Your Child Lies
What is a lie and what should parents do when their child find deceit a more preferable option than a telling the truth? Here are three filters to assess what is going on and what type of correction would be the most appropriate.

 

 

 

 

Little Hands that Steal - Little Hearts that Cheat
Initially, pre-toddlers and toddlers take toys that do not belong to them, but they do so without the knowledge that such an action is morally wrong or offensive. However, once a child reaches preschool age, the fundamental knowledge that taking something belonging to another person is well within the child's moral understanding. The same is true with cheating. There comes an age when children understand the social meaning of "playing by the rules." How should a parent deal with stealing and cheating? 

The Challenge of the Tattling Sibling
Children bring reports to their parents about siblings for many reasons; some are legitimate, and others are not. What can parents do to curb the habit of tattling? 

 

 

 

 

Defusing Power Struggles
A power struggle results when parents fail to exercise their authority wisely. That is, they allow themselves to be forced into a “must win” situation over a seemingly minor conflict. There will be some early parent/child conflicts in which parental resolve must be victorious, but you should choose well which hill you’re willing to die on. Wise parenting is superior to power parenting.