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- I work very hard to foster a team spirit in our house, and this has led to
everyone pitching in so that one person isn’t doing all the work – because when
one person loses we all lose, but when one person wins we all win.
- I try to remember that nothing has to be done in a way that makes people
miserable, nothing is “just easy” when you’re a child, and children don’t see the
world the way adults do (simple jobs are daunting, large messes are
overwhelming, play is much more important than cleaning).
- I also take their lead in games so that things are fun for them. I figure they are
children and their job is to play. I can fight to stop that and make them serious,
or I can embrace that and facilitate the play so that responsibilities are
accomplished and achieved, too.
- Story telling with a moral! Lately I’ve been stopping my children and telling
them parables where “a little boy” or “a little girl” is struggling with a similar or
the exact same issue they are, and I talk about what makes these story children successful and what makes them unsuccessful and the importance of choosing wisely. It seems that because the story isn’t about them, they are more open to the instruction.
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