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Lessons in the bathroom: Brushing Teeth

I was getting ready to head to the office this morning when our family was doing the morning routine – breakfast, clean up, switch PJ’s for suitable clothing, showers, etc.. you get the point – and have your own routine. It isn’t uncommon that you’re barged in on if you’re in the bathroom. We have… Read more »

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ages and stages

The age / stage your of your child(ren) right now is the right stage for them… and it’s right for you. Stop wanting something different! Ever find your self thinking these statements: I wish [name] could just crawl – then when they do, you wish they couldn’t move so quickly. I wish [name]  could walk – then when… Read more »

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Be Their John, Not Their Jesus

    As our middle two children, one after another, chose to run down a path of selfishness, rage, anger, tirades, and fits, I was becoming overwhelmed! Now add to that, a five month-old, who for whatever reason, decided that today would be a good day for an unsettled schedule (cue the crying!) AND the… Read more »

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the failed routine

  Maybe we’re the only family that does this… if we are, then well, we’re like this… HA! We see an “issue” that needs addressed, a new bed-time routine, a new supper “helper” chart, a new reward method, or some other routine-ed task. We make the chart, talk with the kids, do it well for a… Read more »

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bed time routine

Parent: OK kids, bed time in 5 minutes. Kids: *continue doing what they are doing, and don’t acknowledge the directive* Parent: “2 minutes” Kids: *continue doing what they are doing* *3 minutes pass* Parent: “OK, go brush your teeth time for bed.” The five minute rule in our house rarely is ever EXACTLY five minutes…. Read more »