Today’s tip: Your kids need boundaries… firm, clear, consistent boundaries. If, (ok, realistically, when), she protests, think about allowing something like this consideration to run through your mind. “You are pushing to see if you can wear me down and influence me to get your way. If you get your way, you will feel powerful, but you are not ready to handle it. I’m going to do you a favor, remind you of the rules, tell you I love you and walk away. End of discussion.” Reminding yourself of this may guide your response, fortify your patience and hopefully, avoid entering into an argument with your child.