Children do better when they feel better (we all do!) And hugs make us feel better.
1. When your child is having a tantrum ask for a hug.
2. If your child says “no”, say, “I really could use a hug”.
3. If your child still says no, say, “I need a hug; come and find me when you’re ready”. (Then Walk Away) . You might be surprised at what happens.
Source: Positive Discipline.com www.positivediscipline.com
Paige’s note: This also works for me when my schedule is really busy and I haven’t been able to spend enough quality time with my daughter. She will start acting out by whining and pouting more than usual. I give her a hug, or two or three and her behavior starts to change.