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How I Sped Up the Nighttime Routine with My 2-1/2 Year Old

Dear Joanna and Julie, The bedtime routine with Simon, age two-and-a-half, has been dragging out longer and longer. I’m short on patience by that time of the night. I’m writing to share my success with being playful. I made a getting-ready-for-bed game, complete with laminated pieces. I had my dad do the...
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A Clean Resolution for Resistant Bathers

This story comes to us from a reader in India: The Flood Evacuation Story My boys, aged 7 & 5, had just returned sweaty and tired from outdoor play and needed to shower. A couple of gentle reminders didn’t help. Just then , a quirky idea popped into my head and I announced...
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Too Many Tantrums

Dear Joanna and Julie, I have just finished reading your book and I think it’s an amazing book! I have a 5-and-a-half-year-old son, “Kevin,” as well as a 2-year-old.  “Kevin,” has always been a difficult child for me. He always has temper tantrums  (like every hour) over tiny matters. He  says he...
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Doesn't punishment prepare kids for real life?

Dear Joanna and Julie, Firstly, I really love your new book on how to talk to little kids. I think it’s an amazing book and very easy to read with great real life examples. Secondly, your book mentions not to punish kids for their misbehavior, rather teach them how to fix their...
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Overtired Child

Dear Joanna and Julie, My biggest source of frustration with my child is when he is overtired. On the way to the melt-down, he can’t pay attention to rules or parental suggestions, he bounces off the walls, and moves his attention from thing to thing rapidly. It is hard to watch...
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