ERIC Number: ED293295
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: 0
Firmness: A Way To Help Young Children Learn To Behave. Project Enlightenment.
Johnston, Lynne; And Others
This pamphlet is designed to help parents develop and maintain a consistently firm style when dealing with their children's behavior. It explains the importance of setting limits of acceptable behavior for children. A "firmness continuum" is described with a "wishy-washy," uncertain parenting style at one extreme, a harsh, stern style at the other extreme, and the desired level of firmness somewhere in between. Examples of parental responses falling at the extremes and in the middle of this continuum are given to explain the role that tone of voice, certain words or language patterns, and body language have in communicating a firm attitude. Distinctions are drawn between situations requiring limit setting, in which firmness is essential, and situations in which parents may express preferences or choices but need not hold a firm line. Finally, the importance of consistent follow through on established limits is stressed. (VW)
Descriptors: Behavior Problems, Childhood Attitudes, Communication Skills, Discipline, Early Childhood Education, Parent Child Relationship, Parent Role, Parenting Styles
Project Enlightenment, 501 S. Boylan Ave., Raleigh, NC 27603 ($2.00).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Wake County Public School System, Raleigh, NC.
Note: For related documents, see EC 202 488-497.