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Do We Really Want Our Children To Be Obedient?

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I was driving on our ‘slow‘ Australian motorway, talking with my good friend from Germany. He and his family visit Australia periodically for months at a time. He was telling me how scary it is to drive on the autobahn, the highway with no speed limit, because people drive like lunatics.

I asked him, “What would happen if they ever introduced a speed limit, would people get upset and start a riot?

In his strong German accent, he said, “You know… you would think that people should get mad, but I’m not sure! For example, when the Euro came, (when the Deutsche Mark was replaced), I thought people would be angry, but nobody cared… nobody said anything. It makes me wonder the same about the Nazis. When they came to power, nobody said anything… nobody cared!Read the rest of this entry

Getting Kids to Cooperate In One Simple Step

 

 

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Think about how many times you ask or tell a child to do something throughout the day…

I bet it’s a lot.

Do you ever think they get sick of hearing you tell them what to do all day?

You betcha. Read the rest of this entry

Too Tired To Sleep: How a Supported Cry Can Help

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When I put Goldie to bed at around 7pm, I thought for sure that she would fall asleep and be out cold for the night… I mean, the kid was BEYOND exhausted after having a massive day out. She usually sleeps through the night every other night, but within a half an hour of me putting her to bed, she was up crying!

Ugh!” I thought! “What the FRICKING HELL! She is exhausted, why won’t she sleep!

I went in the bedroom to lay down with her so she would fall back to sleep. She kept dozing and then waking back up, whining, squirming and half hearted crying. I started getting so annoyed! Really! I knew she was exhausted, so why wasn’t she sleeping?!

Luckily, the lightbulb switched on for me. She hadn’t had a big cry in a very long time, maybe a couple months. I knew it was time. Read the rest of this entry

Positive Parenting 101: Say ‘Yes’ More and ‘No’ Less

Little Miss Three Year Old

Little Miss Three Year Old, likes to say ‘YES!’

Just about every kid’s most frequently used word is ‘NO‘.  It sometimes comes out even when they mean to say ‘yes‘! Really, it’s bizarre behavior and can often be quite maddening for parents. I’m sure you know what I mean. Read the rest of this entry

The ‘Terrified’ Twos

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Three and not so fearful anymore

Three and not so fearful anymore

Forget the ‘Terrible Twos’… I think it should be called the ‘Terrible Threes’… But anyway, this post is not about anything terrible, but more about how terrified a young child can get over what seems to be nothing.  I had Margo at this huge playground today, it’s like the most gigantic playground you could ever imagine.  As she was wondering around and checking out all the things to play with, the thought struck me that, ‘Hey, she’s not scared of everything anymore!’.   Read the rest of this entry