Nobody likes being managed or being a manager. If you look at your relationship as a team effort, your child will be more receptive to guidance. Switching to this mindset can help you feel like less of a nag, too. Make suggestions, but let it go if they don’t take them. Give your children more freedom to experiment and fail and try again without your input. Step in when needed, but try asking for suggestions for solutions from your children before you lay down the law. Feeling like they are part of a bigger whole helps children try to work out solutions themselves before deferring to Mom.
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