Give Positive Feedback
You've probably heard your child's teacher gush to you during a parent-teacher conference, but you're not the only one who gets kudos. Good teachers know that praise is often more effective than punishment when trying to elicit good behavior from a rowdy student, a rule that works well in the home. While you might want to whine about a messy room or undone chores, it's sometimes more effective to give props for what has been done, even if it's small. Your child soon learns to seek those good feelings that come from praise, which can whip her into shape.