Dave and I always try to end time outs with a "teaching moment" and I loved how Amanda (from Not Just Cute) describes this in a sports metaphor (using Coach Krzyzewski of Duke's champion NCAA team)-
"Imagine a coach like Coach K calling a time-out and saying, “You guys aren’t playing very well.” Then he just sits all his players down on the bench while he leaves to make a phone call or clean up some spilled popcorn a few rows up. Then, when the 30 seconds allotted for that time-out have expired, he walks back to the team and says, “OK, you can go back out now. I want you to play better, OK?”
"When Coach K calls a time-out, he gives his players a chance to catch their breath and refocus. He gives clear and concise directions and expectations. Then he sends his players back out with a plan."
She also talks about helping the child make retribution. I'm going to work on the "helping" part. Instead of telling Elysse she must clean all the marker up by herself and can't do anything else until it's clean, I will help her.
Loving these tips!
* * * * * * * * * * *And on another note, I need help!
As you might have noticed, I've taken over our "family" blog with recipes, kitchen gadgets, and parenting resources, so I'm starting a new one!
It's going to be called, "Pinkies Up" (I'll explain later), but the "pinkiesup" blogspot address isn't available.
Any other ideas?
Dave's idea was: "fifth digit elevated" (we can't decide if it's lame or witty). And we tossed around a few other ideas, but nothing wonderful.
Let me know if you have a good idea, and I will think of something special to reward you with. Perhaps a pineapple peeler/slicer/corer?
Happy long weekend!