When my daughter Naomi was little, she was a spirited child. (Now she is a spirited adult!). She was not a member of the “get along gang”. In kindergarten, she refused to sit on the “line” during story time. She often insisted on getting her way, and like many parents, we often felt frustrated and helpless. We didn’t want to squash her exuberant spirit, but we did want to have a little more day-to-day cooperation.
When she was having one of her “episodes” (that’s what we called them), we would sometimes threaten to take away various toys or privileges. In those moments, we could... Read More