|Just finished reading Jay Heinrichs’ book Thank You for Arguing: What Aristotle, Lincoln, and Homer Simpson Can Teach Us About the Art of Persuasion (thank you, J.D.). What I love about this book is it offers down to earth practical content and the writing style is humorous and enjoyable. Heinrichs provides practical advice on how to effectively persuade in|| |
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seemingly every life situation. One of my favorite takeaways from the book is about handling kids temper tantrum.
The following excerpt from the book should resonate with any parent:
Treat Your Kid As An Adult
The most common response to temper tantrum situations is preaching, kind of “You embarrass me…”, “Stop immediately, else!…”, “You behave in very inappropriate way…”, “When I was in your age…”. I am no different and I commit similar crimes – preaching. It rarely works. So I decided to practice what Heinrichs preaches (LOL).
The other day when my kid started her thing on the floor I gave her scientific explanation about the complexity of computer systems. I have done it in very calm way showing that her tricks do not affect me in any way. She was completely confused, what’s sure she understood it did not work for her. More over, she was interested since she heard new words. Some of them sounded funny so that she even smiled.
It worked for my 4-year-old daughter. It might work for your kid too.
Practice This – Get Results
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