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Helping Your Child Listen….

November 20, 2019

I remember about the umteenth time our son went downstairs to watch TV without having turned off his bedroom light first. He was about eight at the time.

When called by my wife to turn it off, he asked her to do so as she was still upstairs. This carried on day after day. She grew annoyed and eventually asked me what I thought she could do.

I suggested she not turn of his light or shout down, but instead go downstairs herself and stand between our son and the TV. From there I suggested she apologize for interrupting and ask him directly and nicely to return upstairs to turn off his light. With a harumph, he did. As he did so, she thanked him while ignoring the harumph.

This continued for three days. On the fourth day we could hear our son making his way downstairs, stop, turn around and return to his room where he turned off the light and then proceeded down the stairs.

She thanked him.

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Gary Direnfeld is a social worker. Courts in Ontario, Canada, consider him an expert in social work, marital and family therapy, child development, parent-child relations and custody and access matters. Gary is the host of the TV reality show, Newlywed, Nearly Dead, former parenting columnist for the Hamilton Spectator and author of Marriage Rescue: Overcoming the ten deadly sins in failing relationships. Gary maintains a private practice in Georgina Ontario, providing a range of services for people in distress. He speaks at conferences and workshops throughout North America. He consults to mental health professionals as well as to mediators and collaborative law professionals about good practice as well as building their practice.

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