Tag: parenting coach

Falsely Accused

Well, perhaps “falsely accused” isn’t the best description of what happened. It’s more like “unjustly reprimanded,” but who would read a blog with that title? It does fall under the same category though. Here’s what happened… I was in the car, in line, at a light that had turned green. The humongous truck in front…
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Engaging kids in conversation

Yes, today is inauguration day and… this blog has absolutely nothing to do with politics. This week I want to encourage parents (and grandparents) to engage in meaningful conversation with your children. Your probably wondering what I’m talking about. You talk to your kids on a daily basis. • Time to get up • Hurry,…
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Grandchildren Interruptions

I have always said that, to me, it’s “family first.” Which means I will miss work if my family needs me, I will skip housework/chores if time with my family presents itself, and I will find a fill in for a prior commitment if my family comes to visit. Since last Friday, our oldest granddaughter…
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Free activities with kids

I recently saw this picture on Facebook… … and I almost responded to the person who posted it. Then it occurred to me that many people might be thinking the same thing, so I thought I’d blog about it. I will be the first to admit that doing fun things with the kids can get…
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Praise the Positive

Last week I gave you an example of someone who was amazing at maintaining their composure during a child’s acting out for negative attention. I mentioned that many times, it is advisable to ignore the negative behavior if it is intentionally attention seeking. Although, I also added that the child must be safe, so if…
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Maintaining Composure

I wanted to share a story of what I consider to be an amazing ability of maintaining composure… I was a substitute in a special needs Pre-K class. They have “quiet time” when we hope the children will sleep. A few of them like to use this time to act up, until their behavior becomes…
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Chasing the sunset

Our seven year old granddaughter is visiting us for the weekend. Last night, when I went outside to water my vegetable plants, I saw that the sky was becoming a pretty pink. I rushed back into the house to tell Rory to get her shoes on; we were going in the car to see the…
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To hit a child

If your child were misbehaving in class, is it okay for the teacher to hit your child? If your child’s friend were misbehaving at your house, is it okay for you to hit them? I’m guessing most people answered “No” to those two questions. If it’s not okay for someone to hit your child, and…
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Inconsiderate or lack of knowledge?

It amazes me how many kids don’t grab the door on their way through it. You know, when you walk through the door, the person in front of you is holding it open, then you take it as you walk through, then the next person behind you holds it as they go through, etc. Everyone…
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Little Personalities

I’ve been hanging around with 3,4, & 5 year olds the last couple of weeks, and I got to wondering when our personalities develop. We’ve all seen an amusing infant and a precocious toddler and commented about their personality. I can tell you each of the children I’ve been with recently have their own uniqueness.…
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