Open from 09/06/2017 to 07/07/2017
How many times do you reckon you say ‘No!’ to your child every day? If you’re anything like us, it’s probably a lot. But it’s no fun, is it? Wouldn’t it be great if we all knew some more positive ways to get our parenting messages across?
A lot of the ‘no’ barriers we parents apply are to do with our child’s age and ability, but, especially between the ages of 4 and 7, when a child’s skill set is developing at an exploding pace, it’s frustrating to be told they can’t do something. Your child might not have the capability to be a pro skateboarder like their hero, or build the largest LEGO set from scratch, but they will want to try.
How to parent that right? Often, it’s simply a case of coming up with a creative way to say ‘Yes’, rather than responding, yet again, with a routine ‘No!’ That doesn’t mean, of course, that we just give in to everything our child demands; we just find a more positive way to get them to do what we’d like, as well as supporting their confidence.
To help all of us escape from the Land of No, LEGO Juniors would like to hear your tips for turning negative or critical parenting words or actions into more positive ones. We’re sure you’ve got some great ideas!
Simply post on our special MadeForMums Chat forum thread to tell us how you’d get your child to do what you want them to do (or stop doing what you don’t want them to do!) without being negative or critical.
So, for example, if your child being really shouty, maybe you’d say ‘Use your quiet voice please!’ instead of ‘Stop shouting!’ For more examples, you can have a look at our article on 9 ways to say no to your child - without actually saying no.
Post your story on the forum thread here.
Everyone who posts a valid entry on the discussion thread will be entered into a prize draw to win a £100 LEGO toy bundle, including Mia’s Farm Suitcase, Andrea & Stephanie’s Beach Holiday, Demolition Site, Police Truck Chase and Fire Patrol Suitcase.
The winners will be drawn at random from all valid entries. (A valid entry has to be a genuine attempt to answer the questions on the forum thread, and spam posts will not be included.)
Competition Terms & ConditionsPromoter: Immediate Media Company London Limited. This competition is open from 09/06/2017 to 10.30am 07/07/2017. Full Terms & Conditions apply, see here.