Tag Archives: toolbox

My other car is a pterodactyl…

Or- How playful parenting unsticks an insistent 5 yo. And how it doesn’t.  I have to laugh when people ask me for advice on parenting. I mean- some are my friends- so maybe they just love me and don’t see … Continue reading

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Myth Busting 6: “I could see it in her eyes”

I’ve heard parents saying this of their very young (less than 2 yo) children. “She knows what she’s doing is wrong. You can see that mischievous look in her eyes. She knows Mummy’s not going to like what she’s about … Continue reading

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When Kids Have Big Feelings

I think I’ve finally arrived as a parent. Marigold told me, “I hate you!” yesterday. Most people really struggle with that. Who wants to hear those words come out of their child’s mouth? What an awful thing to say! But … Continue reading

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One Size Does Not Fit All

Dobson.  Tripp.  Ezzo.  Pearl.  When I hear these names, I think of self-proclaimed parenting gurus.  They say they have the perfect formula to churn out the perfect child.  If you simply follow their plan, you’ll raise perfectly behaved, perfectly Godly, … Continue reading

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The Teen

Audrey is 15.  She just celebrated her birthday and is looking forward to obtaining her driver’s permit.  I can’t believe my *baby* is only three years away from being an adult.  In one way it is “She is only three … Continue reading

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Myth Busting 4: My story

A complete change in paradigm doesn’t happen in a moment. Having been punitively parented myself, I grew up assuming it was God’s best for every family. I believed that the punishments I had experienced were appropriate and I was grateful … Continue reading

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Dealing With Anger

Michelle asked for tips on controlling our tempers. This is an area I struggle in a lot, and I don’t really feel qualified to answer the question, as I fail so often. But I have improved a little over the … Continue reading

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Myth Busting 3: Backtalk, Consistency and the United Front

Dulce de Leche has recently written some posts that fit well in the theme of this ‘Myth Busters’ series. They’re full of great ideas to add to our parenting toolboxes. Here are some snippets: Backtalk This was not a sign … Continue reading

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Myth Busting 2: ‘Pick your battles’

In my opinion, ‘pick your battles’ is one of the better pieces of ‘standard’ advice given to new parents. It discourages the idea that children ought to respond promptly and cheerfully to every parental whim. It allows us to take … Continue reading

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Lucy’s Story

This is the story of my friend ‘Lucy’ and her journey into Gace Based Discipline. She has changed the names of her family, for privacy’s sake. gg Let me tell you a bit about me and my family for background. My name … Continue reading

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