Posted 11 August 2008 - 04:50 PM
A true friend reaches for your hand and touches your heart. ~Author Unknown
Posted 12 August 2008 - 11:34 PM
BTW, I agree, it is so nice sometimes to here that others have the days where they just want someone else to come and make it all better. There's nothing better than being a mom, but I really don't think there's anything harder either, and I think there's lots of us who have days where we just want to run away from home ourselves!
Posted 13 August 2008 - 10:33 AM
P.S. As your children grow and change, you may have to change the consequences for behavior. We found, as our daughter is a cheerleader, that taking away hair products, or her hair straightening iron, or an item of clothing, was effective. (The process for taking away and earning back was all described in detail in the behavioral contract.)
And Zaz, I can totally relate--I was a very compliant child, and it has been a real stretch for me to parent a strong willed child effectively and not get run over! Hang in there, sweetie!
Mel, I love that you mentioned James Dobson's book. I really appreciate his work at Focus on the Family; in fact, I wrote a story with photos that was published in the Focus on the Family magazine, in 1989, I think it was. It was about a family reunion that I attended, and then they asked me to be on the radio show as well! (my only claim to fame, but it was really fun--I received letters from all over the U.S. and from other countries, too)