Do you fear that you're raising a spoiled brat? Dr. Phil and Betsy Brown Braun, child development and behavior specialist and author of You're Not the Boss of Me, suggest the following strategies to improve your discipline techniques and help establish a healthy bond with your child:
How to Eliminate Spoiling Your Child
Set firm, consistent boundaries for your child.
Encourage your child to work for something he wants.
Don't let shopping be the time you spend with your child.
Parenting Tips for Communication
Optimal distance for communication between two people is two to four feet.
Get down to your child's level. Eye-to-eye communication levels out the playing field.
Beware of your anger.
Don't talk over your child.
How to Teach Respect
Listen to your child.
Have clear limits and enforce them.
Speak to the behavior, not the child.
How to Teach Responsibility
Stick to commitments and insist your child do the same.
Teach your child about obligations.
Allow your child to experience the consequence of not making responsible choices.
How to Teach Self-Reliance
Teach your child how to make decisions for himself.