I recently went to the doctor’s office with my toddler in tow. I told my son, “Please sit down in the chair while I get my check-up.” He looked at me and said, “What do I get?” Ummm – what do you get? How does nothing sound? You get nothing!
I was in shock when I heard him say that and maybe started realizing I may be raising a boy who is a tad spoiled. I’m certain this came from our recent reward system. We’ve been letting him “earn” things by cleaning up his toys or helping.
Don’t worry – since this experience we’ve been rethinking exactly what he can earn rewards for. He can earn rewards for doing something extra, but being part of our family and behaving well – no rewards there buddy!
This morning’s ‘Good Morning, America’ segment couldn’t have come at a better time. It’s all about the top mistakes parents make with their kids. Check it out here.
The so-called ‘toddler whisperer,’ Tovah Klein offers these tips:
- Don’t shut down emotions to end a temper tantrum
- Let them be bored to daydream and come up with ideas
-Don’t over control them
-Remember nobody’s perfect
What do you do when your child starts heading in the direction of being a little more spoiled than you’d like?