In the heat of a difficult parenting situation, it is easy to fall into the trap of longwinded explanations. We as adults use these explanations to get our point across to other adults, but with children - even with teens - it doesn't work like that.
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Moreover, most parents expect their children to give short and to the point answers to the questions they ask, so why don't we give our children the courtesy to do the same?
I don't mean that there is never a place for explanation, but I feel they should be kept to a moment when the child is ready to receive them, ready to think with you, instead of being thought for. When your child has just spilled milk, there is no need to start an exposé about the economy of scarcity.
If you want to redirect your child, keep it short. If there is danger, act. Sometimes actions speak more than words.