Dr. Karyn Purvis explains the I.D.E.A.L. response for parents when dealing with their children in various situations, especially those involving poor choices or misbehavior by the child.

IDEAL stands for:

I – Immediate
D – Direct
E – Efficient
A – Action-based
L – Leveled at the behavior (not the child)

This is a highly effective strategy for parents to use in order to both correct behavior while staying connected with their child.