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Fostering the “Why?”

“Previously, on A Beautiful Place of the World,”… I spent some time discussing the heretical idea of reconsidering our parental requests before and after we make them, and the idea of negotiating with our kids to meet needs (rather than exclusively enforcing parental whim, … Continue reading

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Help Me Out — Stop Trying to Fix It

As parents, we are almost constantly saddled with various repairs, clean-ups, re-workings, and resettings for our children. In fact, we get so used to being the ones to restore order and serenity in times of trouble, that we can become … Continue reading

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Things that make you go, “D’OH!” (The Socializer)

Round two of this theme has me wishing I had the choir here in front of me, so I could preach right to them. Those who agree will likely be on their feet in a matter of moments with an … Continue reading

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Your Kid as Johnny 5

“Need input. Need input. Neeeed iinnnpuut!” Your child is an information and experience Hoover. She was born to devour data. He was created in just such a way as to be driven to gorge himself on life. And all in order to … Continue reading

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Things that make you go, “D’OH!” (#1 Suspect)

This is a new theme I am going to revisit on occasion, focusing on some of the things we parents do (and maybe even get tricked into doing) that make the act of parenting and relating to our children considerably … Continue reading

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Rehab for Praise-aholics

So let’s say you’re “open” to the idea of not using any punishment or praise with your child(ren)… My guess is, with any sincerity, you will find it easier than you now think possible to switch from auto-piloting through various threats … Continue reading

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Without a Net

Thus far, I think I’ve only mentioned this in passing — (drum roll, please) — Natalie and I do not use any praise with our girls, nor any punishment.  Recent themes of the parenting blogosphere remind me that this is … Continue reading

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