My wife and I were recently listening to some parenting workshops on audio and the speaker was talking about parenting one-liners used by the Love and Logic organization.  I forgot how amazingly simple and powerful these one-liners are for parents who want to stay calm and regulated during potential power struggles with their children. 

Some examples of one-liners include:

  • “Probably so.”
  • “I know.”
  • “Nice try.”
  • “I bet it feels that way.”
  • “What do you think you’re going to do.”
  • “I don’t know. What do you think?”
  • “Bummer. How sad.”
  • “Thanks for sharing that.”
  • “Don’t worry about it now.”
  • “That’s an option.”
  • “I bet that’s true.”
  • “Maybe you’ll like what we have for the next meal better.”
  • “What do you think I think about that?”
  • “I’m not sure how to react to that. I’ll have to get back to you on it.”
  • “I’ll let you know what will work for me.”
  • “I’ll love you wherever you live.”

Instead of getting hooked into an argument or fixing a problem for child, use the parenting one-liners to facilitate more independent problem-solving skills by the child. Genuineness, on the part of the parent, is important when using them. 

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