I am a parent of a 9-year-old boy who has been giving me a hard time lately. It seems like we are constantly butting heads, and I'm worried that our relationship is becoming strained. I know that conflicts and disagreements are a normal part of parenting, but I want to make sure that I am handling them in a way that doesn't damage our relationship.
Some examples of the conflicts we've been having include:
- He refuses to do his homework and throws a fit when I try to get him to sit down and focus.
- He wants to play video games all day on the weekends, but I want him to spend some time outdoors and be active.
- He has been talking back to me and not listening when I give him instructions.
I want to be able to discipline him when necessary, but I also want to maintain a healthy and positive relationship with him. How can I strike a balance between these two things? Any advice or tips are greatly appreciated.