Category: Playlistening

Playlistening to Get Through the Morning Rush

It was one of those mornings that are really hard to start. My youngest (6 at the time), was sleeping in more than usual, and I was also dragging myself around the morning routine. By the time she got up and I was ready, it was pretty tight time-wise. I knew if I rushed her to

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Transform Hair Washing Upsets

When my son was about 21 months old, he started to hate having water poured over his head when I washed his hair in the bath. He would scream and scream every time, even when I was meticulously careful not to get any suds or water in his eyes. After a few weeks of this

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Repairing a Relationship After Yelling

When his Dad came home from work he gently said, “If you are going to shout could you tell me first and I’ll go and get the box and you can shout into that instead.” I thought his was wonderful! He was confident and thinking well enough to do something to try and help his Dad to stop shouting.

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Helping My Son with Aggression

My son is 3-1/2 years old. Lately, his behavior had become what I would call outrageous. He was hitting other children, as well as hitting me, causing disruptions in play with them, and generally making life in his play groups and at home quite difficult. He never seemed to be reasonable about anything. He was

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Wanting Mama

She has a strong mama “preference” and almost never chooses to be with me rather than with her mother.

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Carpool Playlistening

Due to a budget cut, we don’t have a school bus at our school.  So my neighborhood organized a carpool when our children entered kindergarten.  It  saves gas, time and creates a sweet sense of community, and a special bonding of parents and children among families. However, about two years ago when we first started carpooling, we

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Pillow Fighting Saves the Day

I thought, “No, we aren’t going to be able to handle a big upset right now!” so I got her to let him go, and we kept on pillowfighting and wrestling for a long time–10 or 15 minutes.

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Talking Snow Boots

I asked her if she could tell me what was bothering her about the boots. She took the boots and threw them.

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