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Forum: Gentle Discipline   11-19-2012, 07:35 PM
Replies: 4
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Posted By Abby Normal
I do think it's good to be honest with our kids...

I do think it's good to be honest with our kids about the effects of their choices on us. That said, my tactic with similar language was not to give it power in our home in the moment it was spoken....
Forum: Gentle Discipline   11-18-2012, 09:05 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 714
Posted By Abby Normal
A couple thoughts. First, I had a wonderful...

A couple thoughts.

First, I had a wonderful AP mama group when my kids were young. Somewhere around our oldest children becoming 4-6 we started to realize that while we were all friends, some of...
Forum: Gentle Discipline   11-17-2012, 03:44 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 230
Posted By Abby Normal
SassyFireChick, if you met me and my dog I'm...

SassyFireChick, if you met me and my dog I'm sure you'd not think we were dominant control types. My dog came to us at age 5 with the scars of having been a puppymill survivor. She never had to be...
Forum: Gentle Discipline   11-16-2012, 08:46 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 230
Posted By Abby Normal
Personally, I think dogs thrive under the...

Personally, I think dogs thrive under the control of a loving human companion. I don't think the same is true for little humans. You can be the most loving you possible, and they are going to find...
Forum: Gentle Discipline   11-16-2012, 09:54 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 685
Posted By Abby Normal
I think it is better than yelling or spanking,...

I think it is better than yelling or spanking, and better than being permissive. In terms of life lessons, value and effectiveness I'm not sure it's something I would rate as high on my resource...
Forum: Gentle Discipline   11-16-2012, 06:35 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 323
Posted By Abby Normal
My goal with jobs and expectations was not to...

My goal with jobs and expectations was not to make them... unlikeable? I didn't force much, other than basic cleaning up after themselves. (And event hen, force isn't the word I'd use). I encouraged...
Forum: Gentle Discipline   11-16-2012, 06:15 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 649
Posted By Abby Normal
First I would think, if she were not happy with...

First I would think, if she were not happy with how I interacted with her child- how would I want her to tell me? Humans are naturally defensive. Our goal should be to change behavior, not make her...
Forum: Gentle Discipline   11-15-2012, 07:41 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 284
Posted By Abby Normal
Thank you so much for the feedback. I have been...

Thank you so much for the feedback. I have been kind of baffled, because she comes to restitution/solution on her own when I state the problem. In the cupcake example, she might say "I didn't eat...
Forum: Gentle Discipline   11-15-2012, 12:44 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 284
Posted By Abby Normal
I'm not quite sure where to start. I've been a...

I'm not quite sure where to start. I've been a long time reader of the magazine, and I often check in on the board when when I have a specific question. I've always been able to find someone else...
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