Our son copped an attitude during dinnertime. We didn’t give in, just spoke in firm tones, laying down the law but without yelling, screaming, beating, spanking, hitting, or even the need to punish. Not getting what he wanted, was enough.
Some people think you need to do all that physically/verbally violent stuff to get your kids to listen to you, but that’s wrong. He cried, but he backed down. His behavior after that was greatly improved. Then an hour later–completely without prompting–he apologized.
I got a lump in my throat as I realized what just happened. Two things to be proud of: 1) It does indeed work to use gentle but firm parenting, despite the naysayers. And, especially, 2) After being a Dennis the Menace as a toddler, that boy is turning out to be a good kid at 9. 🙂