Kathie Lee & Hoda: How To Discipline Your Children Together
Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb welcome Amy McCreedy, parenting expert and author of If I Have to Tell You One More Time…: The Revolutionary Program That Gets Your Kids To Listen Without Nagging, Reminding or Yelling, as they discuss the five steps to help parents who disagree on disciplining children.
Amy McCreedy: Parents Who Disagree On Disciplining Children
Amy McCreedy says if you and your spouse disagree on how to discipline your children it can put a strain on the marriage and your kids know that their behavior is creating this conflict between the parents.
Amy is joined by Niki and Steve Worrell, parents of eight-year-old triplet boys. Niki is the easy one and Steve is more of the discipliner. They both grew up with different types of parenting styles. Amy has five things parents can do to get on the same page for discipline.
How To Discipline Kids: Build On Areas Of Agreement
Amy McCreedy says even though Niki and Steve Worrell grew up with types of parenting styles and now share different types of discipline rules for their kids, they don’t need to fight it out for which style is better. Parents need to work with the best of both styles and build on the areas they both agree on.
Disciplining Children: Start With Non-Negotiables
Amy McCreedy says that parents need rules they are set in stone and both parents will not change on those rules. For Niki and Steve Worrell, their boys must have their toys picked up by lunchtime and dinnertime everyday or Mom and Dad will pick them up and put them in a box and those toys are unavailable for the next week. Both parents agree and both parents enforce that rule.
Parental Time Out: Select A Signal
Amy McCreedy says the parents need to select a non-verbal signal, like a tug on the ear. This is when the parents are disagreeing on some sort of discipline. The signal means the parents are in need of a timeout and need to discuss the situation. Amy says things don’t need to be decided right in the heat of the moment and just give yourself a breather.
Parenting Advice: Commit To Communicate
Amy McCreedy says that parents need to take one night a week when the kids are sleeping or at school and talk about their progress. Amy says they also need to make a plan to deal with their children in the future.
How To Discipline Children: Get Help
Amy McCreedy says if the parents are still having trouble getting on the same page after the first four things, they need to get in a parenting class or use a third-party source to get them on the same path.