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I've never punished my kids for not getting along but I have gotten angry with one or another for improper behavior (e.g. over-reacting, escalating too far, endless teasing just for the fun the torture, etc.). I just explain, though, in a calm and normal voice why the behavior is incorrect. In general, I only break in if one is obviously hurt or really ...


In order to help someone to develop critical thinking, ask the right questions: What's your thought on... Why do you think... What would you do, if... Then actively listen. That means not judging her opinion or the way she expresses herself (Teenagers can be quite extreme and radical!), but accepting her position and continuing the conversation from ...

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