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I do agree that love is theI do agree that love is the only positive motivator for our children, we instill discipline but with love in our eyes and in our hearts to make them feel that they are not being ordered around rather guided to become the best that they can be.
Wow, am I glad I found yourWow, am I glad I found your blog. This one blog post alone is more chock full of advice than 10 other blogs combined. I have four kids (11, 9 and 4 year old twins). Do you have any specific advice when it comes to settling battles between twins (or managing them generally). They are together virtually the entire day (and sleep in two beds pushed together), and it's difficult for us to find time to give them individual attention (i.e. time spent with only one). Also, you mention not giving an older sibling responsibility over a younger one. I assume when the age gap is large enough (11 vs 4) this advice is relaxed? Pretty soon our oldest will be babysitting the twins, and will by definition have responsibility over them. Thanks for the reminder in keeping emotions in check when around the kids (road rage):) It's amazing how keenly aware they are when something upsets me. Thanks again for the thought-provoking article. Andrew Rogers
Secrets of Peaceful, Happy MorningsSo your household is into the swing of schooldays now, and your kids are getting used to their teachers. The faster pace of life is smoothing out as the days get cooler. You just wish you could make mornings a bit more peaceful. It isn't so hard...
Six Easy Everyday Strategies to Raise Your Child's IQMany people believe that intelligence is static; either you're smart or you're not. But it turns out that intelligence is like a muscle: it can be developed with use. What's more, if you believe that's true, your brain has more potential!
Why Television Compromises AcademicsSo your child is starting school and you want to get him off to a good start. What's the most important thing you can do? The answer in the interview below may surprise you: Wean him off TV. Research shows that as kids get older, the more TV they watch, the less likely they are to read.
Teaching Toddlers ResponsibilityIf you want to teach a child values, the best way to do it is by being good role models ourselves and by discussing the choices of everyday life. That means toddlerhood is young to "teach values" verbally, but a perfect time to start teaching values by modeling what you value.
Taming Your Out of Control ToddlerOk, so he's a wonderful little guy, affectionate and charming, and angelic when he's asleep. But he never stops moving, he grabs whatever he wants from other kids, he regularly hauls off and socks you in the face, and then laughs. He throws toys and purposely breaks things... How can you possibly make it through toddlerhood without succumbing to your natural homicidal responses?
Starting a Family Evening RoutineIt's August, and the start of school isn't far away. This is the perfect time to start getting everyone in your family into a good evening routine that will make mornings a pleasant, unrushed experience (Yes, it is possible!), whether your kids are in school yet or not.
When Your Child Has to Undergo Medical ProceduresExtensive research shows that anxiety dramatically increases pain. That means that if a child is less anxious during a medical procedure, he will perceive it as less painful and will be less traumatized afterwards.
What's Wrong with Pacifiers?A mom asked me recently "Should a natural mama ever consider using a pacifier?" I know there are experts who disagree with me, but the short answer is Yes, I could see that happening -- Rarely. Every baby is different and some simply have very strong comfort sucking needs.
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