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The exception to the rule

June 6, 2012

Here’s a great idea…

In his book, The 10 Basic Principles of Good Parenting, Laurence Steinberg says, “The difference between being consistent and being rigid is that consistent discipline is adapted to fit the situation, whereas rigid discipline is the same regardless of circumstances.” (p. 137)

In other words…

 Consistency is important. Yet there will be times when a rule doesn’t apply. The wise parent holds to the rule—unless there is a good reason not to. Begging is not reason enough. For example, we may have a rule that a child must complete their chores before playing. Yet, if special guests show up at the house, a parent will probably make an exception.

Here’s how you can use this idea to have a better life…

The next time your child breaks a rule, enforce the rule—unless there is a good reason to make an exception.

To find out more…

 about parenting, check out The Parenting Journey or See the World Through My Eyes programs at arfamilies.org, follow us at facebook.com/navigatinglife or contact your local county Extension agent. You can also read The 10 Basic Principles of Good Parenting.

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