How to Parent Spoiled 4-Year-Olds

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Children aren't spoiled by spending too much time with them, they're often spoiled by our parenting choices. Parent spoiled 4-year-olds with help from an experienced parenting expert in this free video clip.

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Hi, my name's Christina. And this is how to parent spoiled four-year-olds. Children aren't spoiled by spending too much time with them, they're often spoiled by our parenting choices. But there are a lot of things we can do to correct them. When a child is spoiled, it's really important to stop and not only examine our parenting choices, but also to examine how the child spends their time. If they're given too much time in front of screens, this can cause them to become kind of addicted to being distracted and entertained. I like to make sure that our screens are turned on only at certain times of the day. So that a child is forced to use their imagination and also their attention is more available for when you're trying to talk to them. In general, children are spoiled by not setting appropriate boundaries or holding them age appropriately accountable for their actions. It's important to not have too may rules, but for the child to know exactly what the rules are and to follow through on any consequences that you say they're going to have. Another way to positively influence good behavior is to reward them, giving them jobs to do. And then, holding them accountable for whether or not they accomplish those jobs. Having clear consequences for not following the rules, but then also rewarding following the rules and participating in the family. A chore chart is a great way to give them responsibilities and to reward them for achieving their responsibilities. If you've made some parenting changes, but aren't seeing any improvement. It can be so helpful to ask for assistance from another mom that you respect, has been there and who knows. It can hurt your feelings sometimes to hear the truth. But it's so great to have someone come alongside you and teach you. Thanks for watching.

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