Thursday, November 21, 2013
Are you a list person?
I love to get things done.
Just love ticking off a list at the end of the day and feeling like I've achieved my goals.
Most days though, my list is incomplete.
Some days I don't even start on my list.
I'm okay with that.
As School Chaplain, I can't really plan my day.
I know I will be in the classroom to teach my Maths classes,
but apart from that, my day is always a surprise.
Relationships are important.
My priority is people over paperwork.
As a mum with little ones at home all day, the list was never ending, and so often the same.
Packing up toys.
Bed time rituals.
Over and over.
Yet the little ones were always the priority.
To help dress dolly.
To attend to the scraped knee.
To sort out the squabble over the toy cars.
To listen to the story.
To ' ooh' and 'aah' over their new crayon picture.
To be busy and productive and to enjoy each day.
And each precious little one.
Monday, November 11, 2013
Cheerfulness - contented,
in good spirits,
willing, not reluctant.
"It is possible to train your child to be cheerful, pleasant and content, regardless of their natural personality type. Personality differences are very real, yes, but they don't excuse extended moods, contrariness, over reacting and whining.'
(Terrific Toddlers 2, page 73)
Thursday, October 24, 2013
helpfulness - provide with means towards what is needed or sought;
be of service to.
"One aspect of our parenting task is to teach our children to become progressively more independent and to enable them to eventually be able to competently manage all household tasks and personal affairs.
Menu planning, budgeting, ironing, washing, minor repairs, dusting, basic sewing skills, scrubbing, maintenance of appliances, nutrition, personal hygiene, baking and cooking are only a few!"
(Terrific Toddlers 2, page 67)
Monday, October 14, 2013
Friendship - characterisitc of showing, expressing or promptedby kindness;
on amicable terms with.
'As proactive and positive parents,
we can purposefully encourage and guide our children,
to not only get along well with each other,
but to develop their relationship into one of being best friends."
(Terrific Toddlers 2, page 57)
Monday, September 30, 2013
Patience - calm endurance of provocation;
quiet and self-possessed waiting.
"Patience may be defined for a toddlervas waiting with no talking, complaining or movement.
This changes the abstract concept of patience into concrete, achievable behaviours.
As with all training, you will instruct, supervise and demonstrate this virtue over many, many days.
Your voice needs to be happy and calm and you need to shower yuor child with praise."
(Terrific Toddlers 2, page 99)
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Kindness - gentle or benevolent nature;
friendly in one's conduct to;
"I greatly enjoy teaching kindness to my children, as it is very positive training and lots of fun. The look of pure delight on their faces when they know they have chosen to be kind is priceless. It is such a joy to hear them running in saying "Mummy, mummy I was kind to Katie when . . ." The pride they show in their right choice is gorgeous!"
(Terrific Toddlers 2, page 45)
Monday, September 9, 2013
Speech - use atriculate utterance in ordinary voice;
make known one's opinion, the truth etc.
"It is very possible to teach a small child to manage the
of his speech.
In this area, more so than many others,
the parental example is key."
(Terrific Toddlers 2, page 32)