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In times of non-conflict work on communication - probably one of the most under parented areas.
Be specific and direct about what you want to communicate.
If you take too long to get to your point, you will lose the other person’s attention.
Treat your listener with courtesy and respect.
Make sure your nonverbal message is consistent with your
verbal message. Also, make sure your lifestyle is consistent with what you say.
If you are nervous or uptight, you will make others feel the same way.
Make sure your facts are correct, and be careful about exaggeration.
Dr Steve Stephens – from "LISTS to live by"
The refreshing message of Terrific Toddlers is that as a parent, you can make a difference in your toddler's behaviour. In this straightforward and practical book, Mel Hayde is profoundly positive, encouraging mums to proactively guide and train their children.
She firmly believes in the calm consistency of a flexible routine. In this environment, mothers more frequently feel calm and in control, and toddlers can learn the self-control they require to play happily with others and alone, to share, to be polite and to obey.
Terrific Toddlers will inspire you to make a difference in your home - establishing a degree of order that suits your lifestyle and personality, and giving your children the lifelong gift of learning to control their words and actions. The needs of all family members are met, and the joy of parenting becomes a reality. Be positive and proactive, and enjoy your toddler!
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Terrific Toddlers 2
In Terrific Toddlers Two Mel Hayde builds on the opportunities for training self-control which she introduced in her first book - ideas which inspired countless mothers to manage their families in a positive way, maximising harmony.
She shares many practical tips on teaching kindness, helpfulness, cheerfulness, obedience; reinforcing the idea that as parents we have the enormous privilege of training our children's hearts.
She maintains the balance between theory and practice without becoming prescriptive, encouraging parents to examine the model they are presenting and to have a plan for what they wish to teach. Using everyday activities as training opportunities to instil positive virtues lends meaning to the cyclical nature of most women's lives. This is immensely encouraging and will enable mothers to train their toddlers to not just be good, but to be the best that they can be.
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Car time discussions for after church may help you... as you 'walk' along the road...
Try asking each family member in the car on the way home from church (including you as parents)...
* How was your attitude as you went to worship?
* How is your attitude now as a result of going to worship?
* What was your favourite part of the service?
* What was the message God spoke to you through your worship?
* How can you apply that message to your everyday life?
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