Making Learning a Fun Adventure – Teaching Your Child(ren)
Mommy and Me Time
I’ve been dreading to try this new one-on-one tactic. Mainly because it makes me cringe just thinking of all the potential interruptions from the siblings and trying to manage even more chaos.
Well, we did it. We started “Mommy and Me Time” this week. It’s 10 minutes of uninterrupted (no cell phone, computer, or doing anything with other children) time with each child doing what he or she wants. If another child interrupts one-on-one time with one of their siblings, then he or she gets less time for their one-on-one time. I’m not going to lie. I am still in disbelief. It worked. It actually worked. Charlie wanted to play Chutes and Ladders for his “Mommy and Charlie Time”. For “Teddy and Mommy Time”, Teddy and I sat and had a popsicle and talked for our 10 minutes together. Both kids competed less for my attention the rest of the day and the 4pm witching hour was much better. I can’t wait to see what happens tomorrow.
Your Explosive Child
This book is great. The main nugget I got out of it is a phrase to use with your child: “It sounds like you are frustrated about such and such. What’s up?” or “It sounds like you are having a hard time at math. What’s up?” These are just two examples but you get the idea. Then just sit back and let your child talk. Of course, there are follow up questions to ask, but that is a great starting point to show your child it’s okay to feel whatever they are feeling and talk about it with you.
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