GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV) - When it comes to discipline and children, there are some tough subjects that parents often need help with. Maranda asked some West Michigan moms about their biggest challenges and then took their questions to an expert. Here is what Dr. Bill Rowell of Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services had to say.
Q1. How do you discipline children under the age of three?
A1. At that age kids are exploring the world and testing out what is going on around them. Children who have temper tantrums are frustrated and can't tell parents what is wrong. Parents need to pay attention to what their child needs and how they can meet their needs. It shouldn't be looked at as discipline at that age, but as problem solving.
Q2. When children are traveling between two homes and the rules are different, how do you keep a good balance without undermining the other parent?
A2. Divorced parents can struggle with this. It's important to focus on what you can do when you have your children with you. You can't control what the other parent is doing, so just focus on what you can do to be the best parent you can be.
Q3. We are strict in our house, but when we have friends over with their children there is a lack of discipline. How do you handle friends with different discipline styles?
A3. This is a tough one and you have to make a choice. If you want to see your friends, maybe you need to have an adults only night and have them leave their children at home. Or, go to their home and see how they run things. It's important not to confront your friends about how they parent because everyone does things differently.
Q4. How do you deal with girl drama like friends being left out, arguments, etc?
A4. Ask your daughter questions to see what's going on. Try to see if you can help them solve their problems. Don't step in and solve the situation for them, but help them work through it. It's important to let them try and figure things out on their own instead of calling the other parent and making things worse.
For more information on Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services visit www.pinerest.org.
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