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February 24, 2009



Oh, it must have been heartbreaking. It's hard being the "bad guy" even when we're really doing the right thing. Now, tell me your secret about keeping them from throwing fits. Help! lol...


5 hours! That is a serious battle of the wills. Good job for holding on to yours. I had an issue like that where one of mine sat on the floor with his magnetic letters all around him for an hour and a half. He was not allowed to eat lunch until he had picked all the letters and he just sat there. It is hard to stand your ground, but the kids really feel more secure for having those boundaries.

Such a beautiful picture.


Awww, big hugs! Yes, it is so hard, sometimes, to stick to what we say, especially when we see how they react and when it brings them sadness, but you are doing the right thing by being consistent and following through...definitely one of the most difficult parts of parenting. I agree, though, boundaries and structure are security for our children and one of the best things we can do is provide that for them.


Janet, thank you so much for sharing this stuff. You challenge me to be a better mother; I wish I still lived in Bandung so that I could sit at your feet and learn from you. No, I really wish YOU lived in KK, lol, but still...


Oh my..what a sweet, precious boy! I know exactly where you are! My first born is my strong willed rascal..when she was 3, I didn't put the ice cream in the bowl she wanted. I explained to her that if she wanted the ice cream, she could eat it out of that bowl..if not, then she could watch it melt. She watched it melt...then asked to get down and ran off to play. Not to worry, I still won, because she never pitched a fit over a bowl again and in 8 years, has yet to let ice cream melt! ;) Thanks for the inspiring post..I must get off the computer and go apologize to my 4 year old...

Donna (kygirl)

I know how hard this was for both of you. I read once that the behavior you see in your two-year-old is the same behavior you'll see in your teen, and for the same reason. They both know that it's time to grow up a little, and they need to know that you'll always be there to keep them from going too far. Get control of the two-year-old and the days that come will be much easier. Looks like you passed this test with flying colors.


Wow! What a battle of wills! I can remember having these with my parents, and they always won. :) It's so tough, but definitely worth fighting the battle. Thanks for the reminder about how important it is to take this parenting thing as seriously as possible.

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