Mutual respect is the clue for cooperation. When we ask for cooperation from our children in a kind and respectful way rather than demand it, we find they are much more likely to comply with what we’ve asked. In other words, we get far more cooperation by inviting than demanding (see PD tool #4 - Curiosity Questions).
When we demand by ordering, correcting, and directing, we invite a natural fight or flight response and our chances of winning cooperation greatly decrease. Demands often lead to power struggles, tantrums, distance and hostility. On the other hand, asking respectfully leads to closeness, trust, and cooperation.
There are certain things we can do that greatly increase the chances that kids will cooperate with us. Below are the 3 steps to win cooperation:
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