#1: Whining — How can that high-pitched little voice wield so much power?
#2: Not Listening — What we really mean is that she doesn't do what she is told to do.
#3: Meltdowns — Meltdown is easy to predict when whining and listening isn't working.
#4: Negotiation and Manipulation — When does negotiation stop and manipulation begin?
#5: Morning Hassles, Mealtime Mischief, Bedtime Blues — Daily life can sure wear us down.
#6: Sibling Fights — Think 'relationships and skills' instead of 'whodunit.'
#7: Clean-Up and Chores — Let's start at the beginning when we welcome baby . . .
#8: Bathroom Battles — Sparkling hands and teeth without battles.
#9: Hurting — Hitting, kicking, pinching, spitting, biting . . .
#10: Bad Language — Potty talk, swearing, name-calling . . .
And when we face these kinds of challenges, thinking about preparing children for school can seem overwhelming.
At our Parents of Preschoolers Open Day next Tuesday, Mary, our teacher of junior classes and I, at one stage a mum of five children under 8, will share some tips about some of the challenges above, and how to prepare your children for the school years.
Come along, and please invite your friends and neighbours. We want as many people as possible to come.