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Frame The Struggle

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By determining what exactly is bothering your child, you can determine both the problem and reinforcing the fact that he does not struggle with everything. Doing this can help him give him a sense of control.

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Balance The Positive With The Negative

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Just like with adults, sometimes it’s hard to see the good through the bad. Help your child deal with the negative. But, always make sure you boost the positive. After discussing things that are difficult for him, end on a positive note. Ensure your child understands that he is a good person.

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Be Specific When Discussing Poor Behavior

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Never use generalities when discussing inappropriate behavior. It’s important for him/her to understand exactly what he/she did was wrong. Avoid phrases like, “you always” or “you never.” The goal is to have your child set goals he/she can achieve.

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AFTER your child has shared his/her feelings, help him manage them.

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