No more Mrs. Nice Guy

When my son was a baby, toddler and little boy, I was very indulgent, a push over as my husband would say. But, as he gets older and there are more demands on him at school, I have had to become more assertive with him, taking away the TV, Xbox and playtime with his friends. While it’s not my favorite way to be, he doesn’t seem to respond to any other approach. We tried giving him rewards for getting his work done, but that doesn’t seem to work anymore. It is only punishment that seems to motivate him. So, it’s no more Mrs. Nice Guy—at least for now. How do you motivate your children?

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