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comment What do you say when your child says “You're mean!”
I have a work friend who also says this, very cheerfully, whenever she gets this, but I've never seen her with her kids, so I can't tell whether I like it or not. By which I mean: for her kids; I know it doesn't fit my daughter's personality. (I thought it sounded cool, so I tried it, and she asked, with tears in her eyes, "Why would you want to be mean to me?" I thought "Good question" and apologized, backtracked, and tried something else. But I can see it might fit some other parent-kid personality combination.
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comment How do you respond to your pre-schooler when they tell you that you're on Santa's Naughty List?
I hope you don't mind: I just broadened this question (I think... though maybe that's not the part you were interested in?) and posted it in that form. I'm really interested in this, so I hope you'll keep us up to date on how your "naughty parent" situation turns out.
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asked What do you say when your child says “You're mean!”
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comment How do I convince a stubborn 8 year old that the parents are supposed to be in charge?
Poking around, I found the following related question; you could see if it helps... parenting.stackexchange.com/q/3628/4975
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answered How do you respond to your pre-schooler when they tell you that you're on Santa's Naughty List?
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comment How do I convince a stubborn 8 year old that the parents are supposed to be in charge?
Is it that she always does what you say if you give her a reason? Can you come up with quick standard reasons to give her ("It's not safe." "It's healthy for you." "It's too much work for me.") that will work when you want to say, "Because I said so?"
Jan
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comment When a child only gets enthused about books above his reading level
I truly believe that few kids actually enjoy reading at this learning stage. Even the reading prodigies among us, who only seem like they skip this stage because they go through it so young (no one is giving a 36-month old reading homework they must do). If you still read to them, and they love that, and they see that you love to read, then they will in their hearts believe you (no matter what they say when frustrated) when you tell them that they will love it too, once their reading pathways have formed. The "I hate reading" I got was not pleasant, but by 2nd grade I had a reader.
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answered When a child only gets enthused about books above his reading level
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comment How to stop my 8 year old to cry every time she's frustrated
It could also be that she just learned that one of her friends does this with her parents and it works (a lot of the time) to get what she wants.
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comment Should I tell my 11-year-old daughter that Santa isn't real?
+1 for suggesting she might already know the deal, and thinks that talking about Santa is an okay way to ask for more stuff. However, I might poll her friends' parents to get a feel for how likely this is before I had any discussion that relied on it. And even then I would be gentle.
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comment Should I tell my 11-year-old daughter that Santa isn't real?
+1 for the usefulness of the tooth fairy part of the answer!
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revised How can self-consciousness be taught?
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answered How can self-consciousness be taught?
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comment How can self-consciousness be taught?
No, "Remember to behave the way you would like others to behave towards you."
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comment Helping my Whirling Dervish to slow down
Nothing against dolls or playing quietly, of course; just a child shouldn't have to do it all the time.