Fuel to the Fire

A few weeks ago I had a positive phone call with my oldest son’s teacher.  He had decided not to try out for his school’s math team and I had reached out to his teacher to discuss this.  His heart didn’t seem into it and I wanted her perspective.  At this age (11), how much

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If at First You Don’t Succeed…

When my oldest started school, I delighted in micromanaging his homework.  While I still found it hard to believe that kindergarteners required homework, I was happy to sit at the table with him to oversee his work.  This was mostly because I missed him a lot during the day and it was a great way

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Today Shoes, Tomorrow the World!

If you look at parenting in its entirety, it can quickly overwhelm you.  During my boys’ lengthy ‘terrible twos’ that started at 15 months and lasted until kindergarten, I never would have believed it would get easier.  When I started each day with them, I would mentally prepare for the seemingly endless battles that lay

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The Art of Dining Out with Children

In our early family life we lived in Wisconsin.  This basically meant seven solid months of winter-like weather as anyone living in the northern states can attest to.  I came to realize that our social life on the weekends during these frosty days would mainly consist of taking the boys out to dinner.  Being a

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Make Way for Change

I hope that this series of posts regarding spirited children has been illuminating and supportive.  The final characteristic of spirited children I would like to explore is adaptability. “Spirited children are uncomfortable with change.  They hate surprises and do not shift easily from one activity or idea to another.  If they are expecting hot dogs

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