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comment Helping my Whirling Dervish to slow down
And... we don’t hang out with people who expect little girls to sit quietly and play with their dolls.
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comment Helping my Whirling Dervish to slow down
Mine still has incidents. For me, the fact that she runs sometimes when she's not supposed to, or breaks things occasionally is no big deal. I consider the high energy problems to be more than balanced out by the high energy pluses, and I expect others to accept that, too (at least until she’s older and has more self control). So she might lead the kids off to find frogs in the stream behind the playground; she’ll also rescue a little kid’s toy from a slushy puddle in the middle of winter. And teachers have told me her enthusiasm for learning is contagious – the whole classroom is energized.
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comment Helping my Whirling Dervish to slow down
Yes, swimming works, too. If your daughter's getting 1-2 hours every day of swimming or tennis and she still isn't perfect, then... (surprise!) she isn't perfect. She's only seven.
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comment Helping my Whirling Dervish to slow down
Occupational Therapist. From Wikipedia, occupational therapy is "the use of treatments to develop, recover, or maintain the daily living and work skills of people with a physical, mental or developmental condition."
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comment How to help a tomboy not dread puberty
Your martial art suggestion is a good one.
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comment How to help a tomboy not dread puberty
Puberty isn't the end, but it's a set-back she's going to have to work around. We'll frame it that way. That's an awesome link, BTW. She's always said that she was going to play for the Red Sox someday! I'll show her that article, and we'll see what happens if she puts some serious effort into becoming the first woman to make it to the major leagues.
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answered When the three year old tells two unmarried, unrelated adults to hug and kiss goodbye - What then?
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comment How to Teach That Following Rules is Not Always Good?
+1 for "Ask him how he reminded her - there are ways to remind someone that are bossy and there are ways that are self-advocacy." If he can learn how to ask someone to stop breaking the rule in a dignified way he will feel less disempowered and frustrated.
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comment How to Teach That Following Rules is Not Always Good?
+1 for "it's possible your son was not privy to a conversation where the teacher explicitly gave his classmate permission to practice her singing." And even if she didn't have permission, one strategy he can use when he knows he's too upset about someone else breaking the rules is to imagine something that might have happened to make breaking the rule okay in this situation. Like she got permission before class.
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comment How to Teach That Following Rules is Not Always Good?
+1 for differentiating between rules and principles; -1 for suggesting the OP encourage his son to break the rules in his own household. (Not that the OP can't be secretly glad if is son progresses this far, but his response to this infraction should be at least a frown or a stern word.)
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comment How to explain to your child one of you parents isn't around
And be prepared if, some time in the future, he asks more questions about "his" grandfather -- which is how he's going to think of this man, especially after other children have been talking about fun times with their grandfather and your son feels left out.
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comment How to explain to your child one of you parents isn't around
+1 for "Life doesn't always work out how we want" and we do the best we can with what we've got. Also, let your son know how important responsibility and reliability are to you, and at some time, as he gets older, talk to him about your father's good qualities and bad qualities. If your father ever does contact him, you don't want your son coming back to you saying,"You never told me that..."
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