Saturday, September 9, 2017
- A little child kicks and screams because he thinks,—or perhaps because he knows from experience,—that in order to avoid a scene you will give in to him and let him have what he wants. You must prove to him that this is a mistaken idea of his. You are not going to give in.
- Do not get angry. Do not slap.
- Say firmly, "No; when you stop screaming I will speak to you." Then leave the child alone in a safe room. Or, if he must be in the room with you, do not notice him. Keep busy with something or other.
- After a while, say quietly, "Little Jesus does not like screaming and kicking. He loves you and He does not want you to do that."
- Stop. Keep quiet. Be patient.
- If the child slows down at times, waits to see if you will give in, and then starts up again, do not worry. He is showing that he begins to understand. Ignore him. Finally he will yield. He may fall asleep.
- Two or three performances like this will end the bad habit and establish a good one
- Remember: Be gentle; but be firm and consistent. Remain very calm and silent.