Content Tagged "bartlebydiscipline"

  • What To Do When Children Whine
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    A whining child can be a challenge for parents. There is something about that high pitch sound that can drive even the most cool headed parents up the wall. Let’s face it whining is annoying and usually we just want to make it stop. The interesting thing is that we are willing to do almost anything

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  • Why I Don’t Spank, Punish or Bribe My Kids
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    People are often surprised that I don’t spank my kids, even more so that I’ve never given a time-out or a punishment. I’ve never rewarded them with stickers or presents to get them to do what I want and yet, they still cooperate.  When this discussion comes up, people often ask why and I am

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  • The Gift of Silence and How it Solved our Shoe Problems
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    In our house a lot of power is given to shoes.  All the transitional stress of leaving the house revolves around them. Sometimes they are too tight, sometimes they are too loose, sometimes the socks have lumps, sometimes they are itchy, and sometimes they just don’t feel right. Other times my son

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  • How Slowing Down Made Our Mornings Go Faster
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    I recently wrote about shifting my approach to our morning routine from objective oriented to people oriented. I was thinking too much about the things that needed to be done (Clothes on! Beds made! Breakfast! Lunches

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  • I Accept The Mess: What Setting Limits Looks Like
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    Crying, tantrums, whining, hitting, yelling – it’s all hard.  I’ve worked to accept all these feelings from my children, and yet, it’s still messy.   That’s the way it’s supposed to be – unpredictable, uncomfortable, inconvenient, and definitely messy. My 3 ½-year-old daughter is

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  • Why “Choosing Your Battles” May Not Be An Effective Parenting Strategy
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    Doubt can plague parents. Are you too strict?  Too permissive? Do you know which things are important to set limits on? Or do you just choose your battles and let the small stuff slide?  Where is the middle ground on limit setting that will help your child become the confident, respectful, and

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  • Respectful parenting lessons from my anxious dog
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    Parents sneer when people without children talk about dog ownership as if it’s a practice run for having children. Dogs are not babies. Otto, my miniature schnauzer, doesn’t wear Halloween costumes. He’s not my child. I’m not his mommy. And yet, I learned important

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  • We Can Work It Out! Kids & Conflict Management
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    There is more advice than you can keep up with on how to solve squabbles between kids and especially siblings, but what actually works? What if the answer is stepping back?  As long as no one is getting hurt, let an argument play out and see what happens.  The video below is a great example of

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