How redundant! It is extremely tiring to have to repeat yourself over, and over, and over again. Unfortunately, this is parenting. Don’t confuse repeating yourself to a child who is NOT listening to you or repeating yourself if your child is misbehaving.
What I actually mean is to repeat yourself or having the repetition needed in teaching your child when they are definitely listening to you and behaving exactly as you expect them to behave. Basically, your child will then have a consistent known structure and a consistent requirement that he/she will know and understand if indicated over and over again. They need to know that each rule stays the same and that they know what is right and what is wrong.
Repetition and consistency are important and will teach your child rules, expectations, and the understanding of family values. They will know and learn if they are getting the same results, the same expectations, the same rules, and the same consequences by learning what you want from them and what they need to learn over and over again. It can get annoying to you and does take time and effort on your part, but they need to know that the rules do not change. It will teach them to know your expectations will not change and that this repetition will make sure their values, they need to learn, are the values they are actually learning.
Don’t feel because you already said it, it does not need to be repeated. It definitely does until your child truly knows what is expected of them and what is expected from their family.
We have one chance to get it as close to right as we can on a daily basis. Once they are grown up, they are all grown up. Let’s give each child what they need, so we can be proud of every child we create. Our future depends on it! 🙂