When The Boy Who Won’t Share Anything Becomes Mr. Thoughtful

When The Boy Who Won’t Share Anything Becomes Mr. Thoughtful

Parenting, Positive Discipline
**This is a guest post by Kelly Bartlett, author of Parenting From Scratch and contributing editor of API Speaks.** Yesterday, JJ willingly gave up his spot on the playground, stepping aside from the climbing structure and saying to a girl, "Here, would you like a turn?" He could see she was standing there at the bottom, watching and waiting for him to be done. A few days before that, he noticed that his 3-year-old cousin was having a hard time sitting still during a presentation at the nature center, and as a suggested solution, he whispered to me, "Mom, Oscar can play with my cars that are in your purse if he wants to." When did this happen? When did my son become The Boy Who Won't Share Anything to…
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Rivalry To Harmony Part 2: Five Games To Promote Team Work Among Siblings

Family Communication, Kids 5 - 12 years, Positive Discipline
In a different post, I wrote about avoiding and solving conflicts through play. One of the things I wrote about was how I had encouraged my boys to work together as a team.   I received a lot of feedback and questions about other ways to encourage siblings to work together. Here are five games that promote team work among siblings: *The Basket Race: Set a laundry basket full of toys and books that were scattered around in the middle of the room. Set a timer and then challenge siblings to empty out the contents and put them away in the right places before the timer goes off. When the timer goes off celebrate the team victory or ask if the siblings need "overtime" and try again. This is a great way…
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Two Hippos and Ten Euros: A lesson in budgeting.

Parenting
Welcome to the October Carnival of Natural Parenting: Money Matters This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Code Name: Mama and Hobo Mama. This month our participants have shared how finances affect their parenting choices. Please read to the end to find a list of links to the other carnival participants. *** We took a train trip recently from Switzerland to Germany to visit the children's grandparents (my inlaws).  As part of our visit with them we had the chance to go to one of our favorite places in Germany: Opel Zoo in Kronberg. Aside from the fun, the Zoo outing turned out to be a great lesson in saving, sharing and budgeting for the whole family. This zoo is really quite phenomenal.  In…
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