Impoverishing the Environment
At times children need an environment with few stimuli--for example just before bedtime. Parents, especially fathers, sometimes overstimulate their children before bedtime or mealtime and then expect them suddenly to become quiet and controlled. These are times when the child's environment should be impoverished, not enriched. Much of the storm and stress that occurs at these times could be avoided if parents made an effort to reduce the stimulation of the child's environment.
Stay tuned for tomorrow's post--The third method of changing the environment:
Simplifying the Environment
*An excerpt from Dr. Thomas Gordon's book, P.E.T., Parent Effectiveness Training