Little People Land was interesting last week.  We thought we might be looking at some loving discipline for a few minutes when this happened: Little Person:  I am going to leave. Me:  Leave? Little Person: Yes, run away. Me:  Oh.  Well, I will miss you terribly. Little Person:  I am going anyway. Me:  That makes […]

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“Hurry!” my grandmother instructed my mother as she held a tissue to my nose, “get my scissors from the icebox.”   She slapped those icy metal scissors on the back of my neck and told me to put my head between my knees.  “There. Those scissors should cut the nosebleed!” she announced authoritatively. I was awed […]

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I Can Help with That Tantrum Would you be surprised to find out that there are five things your children hope you never discover about that tantrum? There are, and I know them! I have parented 16 children of all ages and am a Certified Parenting Coach. I have also become an expert on tantrums. […]

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Do you have children in your home with few verbal boundaries?  I sympathize with you! I also have a challenge on my hands as I teach communication skills to children. A Classic Case for Teaching Communication Skills to Children I dearly loved this little girl entrusted to me by the state foster care system.  However, […]

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Young child, with anger all over her face:  I hate you! I don’t want to be here! You’re not my mom, and I hate you! Me:  I understand you are upset. Remember that if you keep going, you will end up writing an apology note. Young child:  Never! I will never write an apology note.  […]

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I began to see the wisdom in joining a parent support group after this particular conversation with my daughter: Me: We will be trimming the Christmas tree today. Won’t that be fun? Lily: Oh yes! I would love to trim the tree. Me: There are three trees. One is for you to trim because I […]

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Here is an example of how communicating with your kids can take on a life of its own.  Yesterday in the car on the way home, we had a classic conversation: Little Person:  Wow! We were so lucky to see all those gooses go to the lake yesterday…Goose? Gooses? Me:  Geese Little Person:  Yeah, a […]

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This child learned problem solving skills while he was staying at my home for a year.  Unfortunately, he tended to learn the hard way. I suggested we both take a time away for 10 minutes to think about a minor conflict of opinion we were having. Taking a breather when emotions are high is a […]

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Communication sometimes eludes us at our house. Take this conversation for example: Me: Whoa! Your pockets are very full. What treasures do you have in there today? Little Person: Nothin’. Just some jelly beans an stuff, she said as she pulled out a handful of sticky, lint covered candy. Me.  Oh my!  I think you […]

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Parenting Children is a Delightful Challenge Parenting children gave me plenty of opportunities to record their funny sayings.  This is another Little People story from one of them. Me: I can see what you are doing, you know. Little Person: You can’t see me. You are looking at the cat. Me: Remember how I taught […]

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