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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
Prevent Fighting: Sibling RivalryMost parents rank kids' fighting with each other as the parenting issue that most bothers them, and that they feel least able to prevent. All kids fight, and all kids need to learn social skills for handling conflict, which is an important part of their EQ, or Emotional Intelligence Quotient.
Signs Your Child Might Be Ready for Toilet TrainingThe simple truth about toilet training is that if the child is ready, it happens very easily. If not, a power struggle often ensues -- and we all know that no one wins a parent-child power struggle. Bottom Line: Don't let toilet training become a struggle.
Gameplan for Mothering Your NewbornWelcome to Planet Parenthood, where the sleep is scarce but the love will blow you away. Your newborn may seem to be mostly eating and sleeping, but he or she is actually tackling some complicated developmental tasks:
How to Raise a Generous ChildWe all want our children to be generous. There are some people, in fact, who believe that our purpose on earth is to grow by giving to each other, an idea I find beautiful and inspiring. It is important to understand that you shouldn't force it however! Dr. Laura Markham explains.
When Your Toddler Starts WhiningWhining is very common as little ones head into their second year. Babies who are beginning to toddle but not speaking much whine as a means of communication. They don't know that we find it irritating, and they wouldn't have the ability to communicate differently even if they did.
Can Your Kid Trust You with Secrets?Kids don't just come up to a parent and say things like "I know you want me to get A's in school and I have a chance to cheat on the test; what should I do?" or "I'm bulimic." Parents have to earn that kind of trust. How? You're being tested! If they can trust you with the little stuff, they'll come to you with the big stuff.
Helping Your School-Age Child Learn to Fall Asleep by HimselfIf your school-age child has difficulty falling asleep without you lying down with him, you are not alone. It is actually much more common than you'd think for a 7-year-old to be afraid of the dark and to need help falling asleep.
How Much to Help with Homework?So you've done what all the teachers advise and set up a regular place and time for your child to do his homework every night. So how come he's pestering you for help every minute? Isn't he supposed to do it himself?
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