Summer vacation is already over in the Huddle household for our youngest, Megan. She started band camp on July 14th, was ready to quit on July 15th and was good as new on the 16th. Band camp lasts one more week and then there are endless evening and weekend practices, performances, contests.
Last week I did a guest post on A TIPical Day. I wrote about the importance of Mommy & Daddy Timeouts. Things to do alone, together and how to make it happen. I hope you’ll give it a visit!
When it comes to parenting, we all have our opinions. Spanking vs. No Spanking. Co-sleeping vs. Crying it out. Cloth vs. Disposable. Formula vs. Breast. Yeah, there’s a lot of decisions to make and wade though.
One seemingly innocent parenting skill, is to count to three. The purpose of which is that if your child doesn’t respond within that count, an appropriate punishment would be handed out. Unfortunately, there is one major pitfall to this method plus a scary possibility. Let’s start with the pitfall.
We all know that before the age of five, children absorb and learn faster and easier than at any age. Repetition and patterns teach us better than anything else. Ever watched a children’s educational program? They repeat the same numbers, letters, colors, etc. over and over throughout the same program because it helps it to stick.