The Secret to Getting Your Kid to Do What You Want

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Set Clear Rules and Limits

When you have too many rules, it’s hard for your kid (and you!) to keep track of them all. Set clear limits by picking rules that are vital for your child to know given his age. For young kids, focus on safety rules, such as staying in a designated room or away from the road. For an older child, set expectations around doing homework and chores. Try to phrase your rules with positive language. Instead of saying "Don't make a mess," try something positive instead, such as, "It's great to see you making crafts; would you please clean up if you're finished?"