KEITH AND TRISH CURRIE

A Strong-Willed Child Can “Wear You Slap Out”

picture of strong willed girl
She wears me "slap out."

What is a strong-willed child? Here’s my best definition:

“He won’t give up until you give in!”

The methods of each strong-willed child may be different, but the result is the same. They simply wear you down; or as my dad used to say, “I’m wore slap out.” (more…)

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A TALE OF TWO DADDIES

 

Pic of Two Daddies

Daddy #1 often seemed unreasonable with his kids. He seemed harsh, overbearing and demanding. He said to me that kids should be servants, not masters. I wondered if he took that a little too far. He ruled with an iron fist and was quick to voice his opinion strongly, forcefully, and often loudly.

He disciplined severely and encouraged others to do the same with their kids.

It seemed to me that he was leading his kids in such a way that the only kiss they would give him would be a goodbye kiss. They would rebel at the first chance.

They didn’t. So I ask, “Why not?” (more…)

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THE BEAUTY OF A SIMPLE SCHEDULE

Arrival/Departure board

Imagine this: an airline without any posted arrival and departure times.

This guy goes up to the desk and asks, “When does the plane board for Nashville?”

The answer: “We’re not sure, sir, but it could be any time.”
“Do you know when the plane will arrive from Orlando?”

“We’re not sure, sir, but it could be any time.”

He persists, “How will I know when to board?”

“We’ll make an announcement sir.”

Later he is reading a book, and an announcement is made. He misses it. Frantic, he asks someone, “What did they say?” For the fifteenth time it has nothing to do with him.

Approaching the desk again, he asks, “Why don’t you post schedules?”

“We don’t like to straitjacket ourselves, sir. Just look at it this way; we are never late.” The attendant smiles, showing that two teeth are missing. Our frequent flyer understands why.

It seems crazy, doesn’t it?

The wild thing is that we often run our homes like that. We don’t want to straitjacket ourselves, so we play it loose. Our kids are like the frequent flyer (more…)

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Focus On the Twenty Feet

Dad giving a push

Timmy was learning to ride a bike without training wheels. This was his first attempt to ride without their aid. He had learned to start and stop while the wheels kept him from tipping over; but the day had arrived when his sense of balance had to get in gear.

So his dad got out the tools, and Timmy helped him take off the training wheels. Excitement was building. Then they pushed the bike to the driveway and dad was coaching Timmy for his first “solo” ride.

Timmy’s mom came out to watch. Timmy had asked her to see him ride on his very own. She was not convinced that he was ready. “Are you sure you can do this?” she asked him. Then she turned to dad, “He won’t get hurt, will he?” (more…)

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Kids Have Personalities Too!

Velocity Cross-Age Mentoring
Velocity mentoring: Patrick is the tall guy in the back

“Hey, Patch, are those clothes finished?”

“…working on it, Mom.”

30 minutes later…

“How’s it going, son?”

“I’m doing it…”

30 minutes later…

“Hey, as soon as you finish you can go ride your bike with Anna!”

“OK, Mom, I’m folding….”

It always amazed me that certain children doing  a “simple” household chore, folding clothes, could take SO long, and still never really be completely finished!  Even after he thought it was done, random clothing and isolated socks still littered the folding space. I could have it done in 10 minutes–completely folded and put away!

Are there answers to these puzzling little people mysteries as we raise our children? (more…)

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