Tough love is most often talked about in terms of troubled teens and substance abuse. But it can be used with younger children as well. Here are some examples of how a parent might use tough love to help a younger child be responsible for his behavior:
- A 12-year-old accidentally breaks his phone. His parents tell him he’ll need to pay for a new one.
- An 11-year-old is told he needs to get his chores done before dinner. His chores aren’t done on time so he isn’t allowed to go to the park with the rest of the family.
- A 10-year-old forgets his soccer cleats for practice. A parent refuses to deliver them because he wants his son to learn how to be more responsible in the future.