What do you do when you’re stumped for something to say?

Kids seem to have a repertoire of “hooks” they use to get us to argue with them. Here are some Love and Logic One-Liners that will get you off the hook and cause your kids to do more of the thinking.

Remember: The “one-liners” are only effective when said with genuine compassion and understanding. These are never intended to be flippant remarks that discount the feelings of your child. If you use these responses to try to get the better of your child, the problem will only become worse. Your own attitude at these times is crucial to success.

“Probably so.”

“I know.”

“Nice try.”

“I bet it feels that way.”

“What do you think you’re going to do.”

“I don’t know. What do you think?”

“Bummer. How sad.”

“Thanks for sharing that.”

“Don’t worry about it now.”

“That’s an option.”

“I bet that’s true.”

“Maybe you’ll like what we have for the next meal better.”

“What do you think I think about that?”

“I’m not sure how to react to that. I’ll have to get back to you on it.”

“I’ll let you know what will work for me.”

“I’ll love you wherever you live.”

And my personal favorite “I love you too much to argue.”

About brianataylor

With a background in marriage and family therapy, Briana has spent over 20 years counseling kids and families, equipping them with the tools to support the people they love. She has developed and directed programs in schools and clinics helping kids understand and grow into their potential, focusing on emotional well-being, health and performance. She has brought together a team of experts to support parents raising healthy, happy and responsible kids.
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