The truth: making your son say aloud, “I know locking the cat in the cupboard is wrong”, won’t make him believe it. It merely teaches him that words will make you lay off. Instead, promote true self-reflection. Tell him, “What you did was wrong. It’s not okay and I expect you to not do that again,” says Wolf. If he has the slightest bit of attachment to you, he’ll stop and think. “He’s left to stew over what his parent said,” says Wolf.
Sep 12, 2012