Seven tips to give your toddler the royal treatment.
6. Love. This sounds obvious, right? Who doesn't love their royal offspring? Yet learning to love your child for exactly who they are is much harder than it sounds. Avoid comparing your child to someone else, finding fault or making them do things they clearly have no interest in. Get to know and appreciate your child as an individual. If your royal wee one knows that whatever he does he is enough, he will have the ability to rule with great compassion, no matter his kingdom or subjects.
7. Discipline. Supporting a leader means teaching her the mighty power of boundaries. Every castle has walls to keep the enemy at bay and a drawbridge to welcome guests. Respecting other people's property and rights as well as one's own is an essential Royal tool. Manners mean that your little one learns to break bread with anyone, without mockery or disdain.
Give your child respect for her boundaries and what she shares. Show her that everyone gets a turn to be seen and heard and set their own limits. Even a royal must share the bounty of the earth if her Queendom is to thrive. There is a huge difference between punishment and discipline. Get very clear on your boundaries and why discipline is needed and how you can handle it diplomatically.