Your child keeps unbuckling their seatbelt in a tantrum while you are driving down a busy road. One of your kids spits at his sibling when he gets angry. What do you do when your child has big emotions and actions, and despite your best efforts to implement connection and correction, the behavior doesn’t seem to improve? Maybe you’ve experienced challenging situations like these, and you don’t even know where to start.
In today’s episode, Stacy Bellward (podcast host) is joined by Jim and Lynne Jackson (co-founders of Connected Families) to discuss some of the challenging questions parents ask about correction. (Like, “What do I do when my child keep unbuckling?) Using the Connected Families Framework, Jim and Lynne walk through several of these situations, offering unique thoughts about ways to hold your child responsible, but still kindly and firmly communicate, you are safe and loved.
In this episode you’ll discover:
- The Connected Families Framework, and the power of asking wise questions to impart wisdom (instead of just managing behavior)
- How to search for the underlying issues (such as sensory) that could be contributing to misbehavior
- What it means to allow your child to experience the natural impact of their choices
- Disarming tense situations in unique ways
- How to help kids communicate in ways that honor themselves and others
Even when the way forward during correction isn’t clear, you can build a bridge to empathy for your child by helping them connect their strong emotions to empowering words. You can help them find a way to communicate what’s going on under the surface of the misbehavior, and guide them to make wiser choices.
Helpful resources mentioned in this podcast:
Want to learn more?
- Connection in Correction (Love No Matter What!)
- Helping Kids With Anger (ebook)
- “The habit of connecting first makes the bigger issues of life easier to handle.”