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Preschool Pointers – 36: Love the Tantrum

I’m in a complicated phase with one of my little girls. She is dying for approval, and goes about getting it by acting out. Which means I can’t give it to her. Which spirals her out of control, because she … Continue reading

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Preschool Pointers – 34: Be Sneaky

Problem: Something simple needs to change. For instance, it’s a month past Easter and time to get rid of the messy, grass-filled basket. But how dare you? How very dare you? The Easter baskets must stay¬†forever!¬†In fact, your kids aren’t … Continue reading

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Preschool Pointers – 30: Just Take It All Away

Problem: You try to do something nice for your kids and instead of showing any modicum of gratitude, they make little, tiny problems into the most important priority, arguing, fighting, crying and generally making a mess of this. Spoiled? Yeah, … Continue reading

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Preschool Pointers – 29: Explain “Punishment”

Problem: The popular bend in parenting these days is not to punish, something which I agree with in principle, but find very hard to carry out in my own life. Because sometimes my kids are nasty or naughty in some … Continue reading

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Preschool Pointers – 28: You Don’t Have to Distract All the Time

Problem: Your kids aren’t being reasonable (again!). You’ve asked them to do something and they won’t do it, and not only that, now they’re whining about it (or worse, throwing a tantrum). Or they’re throwing a tantrum over over whether … Continue reading

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Preschool Pointers – 20: How to Win an Argument with a Child

Problem: Your kid is defiant. She will contest everything you say, and with gusto. She won’t do what you ask, she tries to order you around, and you don’t even know where this is coming from, since it’s not like … Continue reading

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Four Is Not a Perfect Age

Look, I don’t know who told me that four was an awesome age of unicorns and rainbow puppies, but they were wrong. Here’s a quick list of phrases I never need to hear again…just off the top of my head: … Continue reading

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Preschool Pointers – 14: Get to the Bottom of It

Problem: You know, you never thought you’d have a child who lashed out physically as a way to combat overwhelming emotion and four-year-old strife, but here you are, at the school again, because your little one apparently has a healthy … Continue reading

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Preschool Pointers – 13: Don’t Give Up

Problem: It’s been three months since you’ve seen your child. You don’t know who this monster is who has replaced him, but he sucks. He won’t listen, he won’t talk, he won’t reason. All he does is demand things, then … Continue reading

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Preschool Pointers – 8: Don’t Actually Plan on Going Anywhere

Problem: You have a fun-filled day planned, chock to the brim with activities, but your kids can’t contain themselves long enough to get to the car. Or sit quietly in there for the three minutes it gets to the store. … Continue reading

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