There are few childhood landscapes as ubiquitous and enduring as the farm. Generations of children have grown up with stories of farm animals and activities. They learn to count chicks and sheep and eggs, they learn colors – red hen, brown cow, orange cat, they learn the language of our feathered and four-legged friends – [...]
He doesn’t want to put on his jacket. It’s cold. And you’re in a hurry. She wants to ride the escalator at the mall. But you’re so close to finishing your errands and you have to get home to make dinner. You have to finish your proposal by 5. It’s 4:15 and distraction and snacks are no longer working. There’s a toddler at your feet, again!
As parents, our days are filled with these “bumps in the road,” little power struggles as our children’s desires and our adult reason (and practical needs) collide. At every bump there are choices we make: do we threaten? Yell? Try to negotiate? Give up and let them go out without a jacket?