Avoid Power Struggles And Coercive Approaches
Parents and teachers find it difficult to forge a positive relationship with these children, it is exhausting to deal with the constant power struggles and it is easy to get locked into negative exchanges that escalate into serious conflict. The matter is further complicated when parental or teacher authority is challenged in front of other children. Often, what starts as a refusal to cooperate, ends with raised voices and verbal threats from both sides (“You will do this, or else . . .”).