I have discerned that one of the buzz-words in behavioral training is “redirection”. It’s the idea that instead of simply scolding and saying “NO”, which certainly has its place (I’m old school), it is important to add a positive element to the situation by redirecting the child’s focus to a more, shall we say, profitable activity.
“NO, you must not put the Tinker Toy into the wall socket; how about I help you build a bridge?”
“NO, your baby brother would not prefer eating his applesauce over your ice cream made of Lego blocks.”
“NO, we must not cut the feet off your sister’s Barbie doll and glue her ankles onto the snow skis you just made; let’s fashion something else to fit her orthopedically challenged posture instead.” (Hmmmm…wonder where THAT one came from??)
God, our perfectly loving Father, must also have something Continue reading “Modern parenting”