Many of us were raised to believe that when you’re responding to kids’ behavior, you can either be firm OR you can be respectful — not both, and definitely not both at same time.

Not only is it possible to balance firmness and respect, but it’s actually essential to do so if you want to be a powerful positive influence in children’s lives.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • How balancing firmness and respect builds your positive influence
  • What it looks and sounds like to respond with firmness and respect, even in challenging situations 
  • Specific phrases you can use that automatically incorporate both firmness and respect

Referenced in this episode:

Your Parenting Long Game, Episode 1: “Band Aid Parenting vs. Long Game Parenting”
Your Parenting Long Game, Episode 2: “Your Parenting Long Game: The Framework”

How to see your child’s point of view
Your Parenting Long Game, Episode 6: “When you Feel Like You Don’t Like Your Child” 

How to make consistency realistic
Your Parenting Long Game, Episode 41: “How to Be Consistent, Even When You’re Exhausted” 

Understanding the Yuck Curve
Your Parenting Long Game, Episode 24: “Responding to Kids’ Negative Behavior in the Moment”

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Respectful Discipline: Balancing Firmness With Respect