Counter-Balancing Common Kid Complaints

Those too-familiar negative refrains that show up in every household…. ‘Not fair’, ‘don't want to’ and ‘don't know’ Children, like adults, find it easier to frame their complaints in the negative so knowing what to do with the ‘not’s and the ‘don't’ is useful for parents. NOT FAIR Is an easy framing, and often simply translates to - "My way of looking at this is that others get more’. Of course it also focuses on the part of the picture that is feeling less satisfied, and rarely stretches to the other times that balance the particular instance. Children believe others don't care for them when they hone in on the ‘more’ that they see others getting, or the ‘less’ they believe they are receivi

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