When we allow kids to settle situations like these on their own, we give them lessons at many developmental levels. Instead of showing her that you disapprove of her behavior, I suggest a more casual, open-ended comment like, "I guess your cousin really wanted your blue gum ball. So, you worked it out that you didn't want to trade him for it?" This states facts objectively with no blame attached and gives her an opportunity to respond without feeling defensive.
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Carleton Kendrick has been in private practice as a family therapist and has worked as a consultant for more than 20 years. He has conducted parenting seminars on topics ranging from how to discipline toddlers to how to stay connected with teenagers. Kendrick has appeared as an expert on national broadcast media such as CBS, Fox Television Network, Cable News Network, CNBC, PBS, and National Public Radio. In addition, he's been quoted in the New York Times, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Boston Globe, USA Today, Reader's Digest, BusinessWeek, Good Housekeeping, Woman's Day, and many other publications.
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