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Tag: Patience

Hurrying is the Enemy

by on Oct.13, 2014, under Behavior, Child development, Communication, Expectations, Parenting, Relationships, Toddlers, Transitions

The outing to Starbucks with our two year old grandtoddler was perfect. Not a glitch.   No screaming, no crying, no collapsing into a heap, no refusal to walk, no running into the street, no running away.   And not one single tantrum.  The joys of being a grandparent. ... Read more...
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Excuse Me…and Dont’ Interrupt!

by on Jan.09, 2011, under Behavior, Discipline, Expectations, Parenting

As often happens, over the weekend I ran into a client at the grocery store.  Mid aisle we stopped for a brief  greeting.  As soon as the mom began to speak to me, her son piped up with,  “Mom, Mom, can we get some Gatorade?” tugging at... Read more...

Lousy Local Conditions

by on May.01, 2010, under Behavior, Character traits, Communication, Discipline, Environmental influences, Expectations, Parenting

While I cannot take credit for inventing the expression lousy local conditions, I use it all the time. It’s just so right-on-the-button. Lousy local conditions refers to those times when a child’s less than perfect behaviors are magnified or even created by the conditions of his environment. The... Read more...

Gimme Juice Now!

by on Apr.09, 2010, under Behavior, Environmental influences, Parenting

Regardless of the topic of the seminar I am teaching, I end up making the same point:  There are three peaks a child must climb in order to grow up and make his way through life fairly happily:  learning to tolerate frustration, learning to tolerate disappointment (These... Read more...