Discipline: When There are Two or More Children Involved

Lately, there have been a number of thoughts on discipline running around in my head. I’m not entirely sure what to make of it all so I’m just going to throw it out there and invite some discussion. Feel free to add your thoughts in the comments. The first issue involves the complication of theContinue reading “Discipline: When There are Two or More Children Involved”

Discipline: Understanding Behaviour Motivation from a Child’s Point of View

They say that every child is different; every child is unique in their own ways. Even two siblings can be like day and night. Aristotle and Hercules are two such siblings. So different in nature that you could be forgiven for thinking they weren’t brothers – if it weren’t for the fact that they bearContinue reading “Discipline: Understanding Behaviour Motivation from a Child’s Point of View”

Discipline: Fearful Obedience or Respectful Obedience?

One of the toughest parts of parenting, I believe, is in the area of discipline. We all acknowledge that it is difficult to raise children. We all commend the parents who do it and nod sympathetically as we lend our ears to a parent who is at wits end with a spirited child. Yet, whenContinue reading “Discipline: Fearful Obedience or Respectful Obedience?”

Disciplinary Tactic: Handwritten Notes

Recently, I discovered a neat little tactic that works a real treat for gaining the cooperation of my wily child. It happened quite by accident but I thought it was too good not to share. Aristotle had developed a bad habit of sending his sandwich crusts home without eating them. I got a little tiredContinue reading “Disciplinary Tactic: Handwritten Notes”

Discipline: Have a New Kid by Friday

It’s probably a sign of desperation when you follow your toddler into a bookstore and walk out with a copy of “Have a New Kid by Friday” by Dr Kevin Leman, but that’s exactly what happened. Gareth was looking at Mickey books. The opposite shelf happened to be stocked with parenting books and right thereContinue reading “Discipline: Have a New Kid by Friday”

Formidable Fours – Here We Go Again

After a period of relatively benign behaviour since the last storm blew in, we seem to have hit another rough patch again and I know exactly when it started – last week when Gavin started at his new school after 8 weeks of holiday. He has been uncooperative, stubborn, back-talking, unreasonable, and down-right rude toContinue reading “Formidable Fours – Here We Go Again”

A Lesson in Discipline: Rules, Regulations and Perspectives

A couple of days back, Gavin bit Gareth. They were playing in a bucket of water in the shower while I was arranging their things in the bathroom. So although I was present, I was not watching them specifically. Then Gavin calls to me, “Mummy, look at Didi’s arm.” I went to inspect Gareth’s armContinue reading “A Lesson in Discipline: Rules, Regulations and Perspectives”

Life Skills to Deal with Sibling Rivalry

When Gavin met Gareth in the hospital and welcomed him so warmly into the world, we thought all our worries about sibling rivalry were for nought. Gavin and Gareth’s relationship got off to a tremendous start and I could have hoped for nothing better. Now with Gareth at 18 months and Gavin at 4 yearsContinue reading “Life Skills to Deal with Sibling Rivalry”

Understanding the Various Growth Processes

From Heguru Handbook. Most parents are aware that there are specific growth phases during which children are particularly rebellious. They are commonly referred to in parenting books as “The Terrible Threes” and the troublesome teenage years as children reach puberty. In the Heguru handbook, they make reference to three ages that are particularly trying forContinue reading “Understanding the Various Growth Processes”