A Second Anniversary!

Isn’t that amazing?? I actually have been blogging for 2 years now…it doesn’t seem that long! I hope you have enjoyed the posts ( a little over 300 since Oct. 2010), because it has been fun and a little creative for me:)

This is what the first two posts looked like:

October

Still talking about Halloween and the fun we can have as families while introducing values that coincide with the boundaries we have for our children…loving the happiness that Halloween can bring!

What you decide is right for your children…costumes, candy, trick-or-treating is definitely up to you. Make sure your decisions are long term ones that you, and your children, will remember with fondness:)

 

Happy Parenting!

D and C

…an excerpt :)))

In case you have no idea what we’re talking about when we talk about our book….wink, wink!!….I thought I’d show you a tiny piece so you can see what it’s all about.

 

The following is from a section on the Myth called “No Means Yes”…just one small section in the first chapter. I hope you enjoy it…


” Get off that couch and get back into their lives. Your “couch” is anything that may be keeping you from paying attention to your child. Our world is so full of distractions keeping parents and teachers from truly connecting with the children in their lives: long hours at work, television in every room, iPods, and cell phones, to name just a few. It is even more important to make those personal connections in spite of the hustle and bustle of a modern, technology-driven world. Children need directed teaching from parents to show them what they should do instead of yelling “no” over and over again.

 

  • Diane: The advantage of using physical activity to engage your child will amaze you. When Chad and Scott were very young, I spent much of my time following them around with my eyes and then, if necessary, with my feet. When kids are little, their job is to explore and discover boundaries. I loved watching them learn: what an end table handle felt like, how the material on the couch was different from the material on the floor, what you could see out a window.

But, because I watched them a lot, I could often tell when they were     curious about something dangerous like a cord, an outlet, or a piece of a plant. When my voice started saying, “No, no, Honey,” my feet were already headed that direction to help divert their attention to something else. The actual physical activity of redirecting them helped in more than one way.

My interaction with them became a lifelong one, always being concerned and aware. Some would say over-protective, but I didn’t care. The idea of “No,” even when said in a calm, quiet voice became a serious idea, not to be debated.

 

We include stories (the part in blue) with each section of each chapter (the part in green). If you’d like to see more here on the blog…please comment!!  You can always go to Amazon to look for “How to Break 10 Common Childhood Myths” or click on this link.

Have a beautiful day with your children…each day is a gift for you and for them!!

Happy Parenting!

D and C

A Perfect Baby Gift

Maybe this would be the perfect find if you’re looking for a baby shower gift or new-baby-home-from-the-hospital gift:

 

This Amazon site:  “How to Break 10 Common Childhood Myths” now allows you to look inside the book to see what tips might help you or those you know.

 

….and if by chance you are a perfect parent and never need any helpful hints to make your life easier – anyone? anyone? – copies could surely be shared with others:

- that sister or sister-in-law

- your children who are now parents

- teachers at your kids’ schools

- church groups

- day care areas

- dance studios

- anywhere that children and their parents congregate

 

Once you check out the book, or before, come check out our website and blog at Childhood Myths where you can learn about our workshops for parents and teachers and about our Sassy Kids Home Parties.

 

Have fun while reinforcing good habits!

We hope you'll love it and share it with others:)

Happy Parenting!

D and C

More Truth in the Comics

Here’s to more fun in our lives by way of the comics….the scary part is that they are all too often true-to-life!!

check these out:

It’s perfect, isn’t it??

Click on any if you’d like to see them larger….

love it!

we all wonder who's boss sometimes, huh?

kids definitely in control here...

losin' the battle...

whew...parenting is hard work!!

Sooo…do any of these hit a little close to home?? Laugh your way through them, but if there’s something you might be able to learn from the comics…why not??

 

Happy Parenting!

D and C

 

Are You Ready for the Follow-Through?

Everyone knows how important follow-through is for tennis, golf, baseball, and bowling, right?  Well, what about the follow-through for parenting?  Do you follow through with consequences? How about promises?  Does your “No” always mean “No”?
Your children, as they grow older, will find it easier to believe you and to trust you if you have been one who follows through in your relationship with them. I know that it’s so very hard not to cave in when you see a quivering lip or a big, fat tear…or when they’re bugging you to pieces with “Why not, Mommy?”….or when the darlings are throwing that proverbial tantrum in the grocery store!  BUT – stop to think what will be most helpful to them for their futures – then harden your resolve, stick to your guns, and follow through with whatever you said!

someone! wants to go back in the pool :)

Your excuses:  I get to change my mind if I want to…It’s not that big a thing…They’ll hate me!  Using excuses like these makes the parenting all about you, but the idea of parenting is to PARENT in ways that lead to responsible, independent, productive young people. Your children will appreciate the boundaries you give them when they are older and those boundaries finally make sense to them (honest); but, in the meantime, you need to be their guide and protector and teach them that you mean each and every thing you say to them.

Are you sure this guy’s safe??

Setting and keeping boundaries doesn’t have to feel stern and angry, but it does need to feel definite. When kids know what to expect and know when you’re being serious, it lets them feel secure and  happier in your everyday family relationships.

happy and secure guys!!

Can you stand up and be the parent, not the buddy?  I hope so! Let me know if you have a question or concern I might be able to help answer. Leave a comment or email me…I’d love to help:)


Happy Parenting!
D and C