I'm out of privileges -- now what? (ages 6 to 8)

I'm out of privileges -- now what? (ages 6 to 8)

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The problem with taking away privileges when your child misbehaves is that it's easy to get stuck in a power struggle with him. You take away a privilege, he gets angry and acts out more, and you take away yet another privilege. No wonder you quickly run out! What's more, instead of the cooperation and self-discipline you'd hoped for, you're left with animosity, resentment, and more misbehavior.

That's not to say that privilege revoking doesn't have its time and place, of course. But when you take away the occasional privilege, make it immediate, directly related to the misbehavior, and short-lived. Remove the toy truck your grade-schooler throws at his brother, for instance, or unplug the television for the evening if he turns it on after you've told him not to.

Remember, too, that the purpose of discipline is to help your grade-schooler learn how to do better. The best way to accomplish this is with positive reinforcement. When he does what you want him to do, offer plenty of encouragement: "You finished all your homework! That warrants a bike ride before dinner." Or have him put a sticker (or a simple checkmark if he finds stickers too babyish) on a chart every time he completes a tough behavioral task — like getting ready for bed on time — and reward him with a trip to the zoo or ice-cream parlor at the end of a successful week.

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