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It’s Parenting Connection Tuesday and 6 News is here for you with tips, strategies, and helpful reminders from local child development experts on how we can be better parents and guardians.

Today’s topic: How to stay away from three common parenting traps.

Despite generation after generation of passed-down wisdom, knowledge and experience there are three “traps” parents fall into that experts say, if not realized and corrected quickly, can become a bad habit your kids use all the time against you… that usually ends with people screaming or yelling.

The first one is the Escalation Trap.
It can go two ways… when your kid whines and begs louder and louder until you’re worn down and you eventually give in… or when the child only responds to direction after the parent needs to continually repeat instructions until voices are raised. Dr. Rouse with the Child Mind Institute says, these traps only teach kids the only way to get anything done is to yell. The remedy to stay away from this trap is staying calm. Of course, that’s easier said than down, but experts recommend ignoring any behavior directed at changing your mind until your child calms down. Then, make sure you remain consistent with this way to respond. On the flip side, if you want action from your kids and they don’t respond, experts say,
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