“Como muchos de ustedes no pertenecen a la Iglesia católica y otros no son creyentes, de corazón doy esta bendición en silencio a cada uno de ustedes, respetando la conciencia de cada uno, pero sabiendo que cada uno de ustedes es hijo de Dios”. Papa Francisco. Marzo 2013
Make roads, train tunnels AND caves out of one cardboard box. This craft is essentially free, made of recycled materials and toys you already have at home and will keep kids occupied for HOURS.
I hear you!
An ice rink in Chicago posted this for the parents before a game… think it worked?
Modern interpretation of “life is what happens to you when you’re busy making other plans.” -L
Your children will tend to respond to conflicts with you, with siblings, with their friends and even with themselves (their inner conflicts) using the same language and strategies that have been modelled in the family.
When parents shout, children shout;
when parents threaten, children threaten;
when parents reject, children reject;
when parents use sarcasm, children use sarcasm;
when parents gain cooperation through guilt trip or demanding, children attempt the same;
when parents respect, children respect;
when parents listen, children listen;
when parents soften, children soften;
when parents give from the heart, children give from the heart.
Expressing boundaries, saying “no” and being assertive do not need to be enforced through aggression. Instead seek engagement before expressing serious or important messages, give reassurances verbally or non-verbally that you’re not being threatening. If your child resists, rebels or disconnects it’s not symptomatic of a need to raise your volume or demand respect or response, instead see that it may be symptomatic of them being in a stress response and needing reassurance of emotional safety, warm connection and respect.
Their lack of response may also be due to their engagement with their play, which is their work and is just as important as our work, so maybe enter their world inviting connection with you before gaining their attention, rather than expecting them to snap out of their world to enter yours.
When parents respect and engage in their child’s world, children are more interested in engaging with their parent’s world, both worlds join ♥ Genevieve
It’s GOT to be more than 44%…
Exactly how I feel when I go out with a teenager, 2 toddlers and an infant…:)