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DO YOU LIKE TO SLEEP IN A LITTLE ON THE WEEKENDS?

If they’re still too young to be out of bed before you’re up:

• You can put a clock radio on in their room and tell them that when the music comes on, they can get up and come to get you.
• Make up a small basket of wake-up toys. Put together things that can keep your child occupied for about an hour. A surprise in the basket, like a new box of crayons is fun. Check your local dollar stores so you can put in a little something new among the other toys each week. Try to rotate different toys each week so it doesn’t get old! When you go to bed at night, just place the basket on the bed so the surprise is there in the morning. That, along with the waiting for the alarm clock music may buy you an extra hour!

If your child is old enough to get out of bed without you:

• Make it easy for your child to fix himself a basic breakfast. You can set out a bowl and spoon at night along with plastic containers of a few favorite cereals. Get a small plastic pitcher and put in the milk your child will need. Make sure to put it on a shelf in the refrigerator that he can reach. It’s even more exciting for your child to have a coloring book and box of crayons next to their plate too!
• Kids are quite adept with remotes these days! Let your child know that after breakfast they can watch a video “quietly”!
These ideas could buy you an extra hour on the weekend. It may not sound like much to some but it really does feel like a gift! Your child may just love the independence in the morning too. There will still be lots of time for making a big family breakfast together!
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Bonsoir Alison Astair, j'aimerais faire plus ample connaissance avec vous si cela ne vous gène pas Bisou, voilà mon compte Gmail : b.dominique560@gmail.com
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Just wanted to share this article I just had published!
 
I just had an article published in "Sweeten Your Words" magazine. The title is "Your Child's Honesty Can Really Sound "Rude" During the Holidays"
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Congrats on the publication! The site and your article look so slick and pro.
7 great tips, +Alison Astair. Tip #8 read your kids this article ;-)
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TIP: Provide lots of sensory experiences for your baby and child (touching, seeing, hearing smelling and tasting.) These experiences build the connections that build your child’s brain! When your child has different experiences, and they are repeated over and over, those brain connections become stronger! Those connections shape the way your baby feels, thinks, behaves and learns!
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TIP: If you’re having trouble getting your child to brush their teeth, make up a funny story to tell them while they’re brushing. You child will be so excited to brush!
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I definitely had much more success getting my son to do things he didn't want to by making a game out of it. Always a great way to connect and relate to children!
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Hope some of you can join us. It doesn't matter what age your child is, I'm sure that you have something to share too!
 
I've been asked to co host a radio show this week and will be talking about the above topic. All shows are recorded to hear at any time or you can also call in with questions or comments during the show. Hope you can join us!
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WATCH WHERE YOU KEEP YOUR MARKERS!
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What a sweet pup to just lay there and let the boy color him up LOL so cute!
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PARENT QUESTION: Hello Alison! Do you have any tips for kids who complaint everyday about going to school. My daughter (age 8) never used to be like that, but lately she has the worst attitude about going to school, and the mornings are the worst. She doesn't complain about anyone bothering her. Her teacher seems very nice. I just don't understand why she's acting this way, she just keeps saying she doesn't want to go to school. Is it just her being lazy? Any advice will help! Thanks a lot!!

ANSWER: Kids who were always happy going to school and suddenly seem to change always do cause a great deal of concern for their parents. Sometimes asking kids directly about anyone is being mean to them, won’t give you a true answer. Kids will frequently say “no”, because they don’t want more questioning from parents. So parents then are still unsure if that is the truth!

Sometimes if there is something going on with another child bullying or being mean, kids don’t want to tell their parents because they don’t want them going to the school or their parents will simply tell them to “stand up for themselves” or “tell the teacher” (which isn’t really helping).

Talk to your child by telling her a story from when you were younger and what happened when someone was mean to you. Create stories about friends and “being in the middle” and ones of mean kids too. Even if you have to be “creative” with your story, it will open a door so that your child will feel that you understand because you’ve “been through it too”. If you do this occasionally with different things that she’s experiencing in her life, she’ll feel that you two are more connected. If there is nothing going on with friends or bullies, then it could be simply a stage that she’s going through because it commands attention.

If you feel that you have more or less ruled out bullies and problems with friends, think about her academics. Is she having difficulty in school? Are there areas of learning she’s having problems with? If that’s the case, she may need extra help. Sometimes kids say the wrong answer in school and a few kids laugh. That can be something that can happen and a child can decide that “they are done with school”! A teacher may not have even noticed something like that. She can get good grades but still have the wrong answer occasionally and one laugh from other kids can make her not want to go back!

If you feel that the friends and bullies situation is under control and that there is no academic issue involved, it can be something as simple as a lot of attention was gotten from you the first time she happened to say it. When a child has always been happy to go to school and one day they say they don’t want to go, parents often show much more concern! Kids pick up on that so quickly and realize how much power and control that one statement has! Then they simply start using it every day so that the discussion is aimed around them.

Since she’s been doing this for a while, think of all of the time and attention that has been given to her. She says she doesn’t want to go to school, you ask what’s wrong. She says it again, then you answer. Your conversations in the morning probably are exactly the same day after day. You don’t get much of an answer other than she doesn’t want to go! All of the “morning attention” is not the kind of attention that you may think of because she probably gets lots of attention. But it’s the kind of attention that gives her the power to control the conversation.

If you feel that you have more or less ruled out bullies and problems with learning, then I’d take this approach. Sit down and tell her that you are always there to help her and if she has a real problem you will always be there to help her. Then tell her that you are very tired to having to say the same thing every morning and have to hear her say the same thing back. Tell her that it’s gotten boring and that you aren’t going to answer it anymore. Then tell her that when it happens (every time she says she doesn’t want to go to school), she will lose 5 minutes of TV or computer time after school. (Just jot down tally marks when she says it so you have a record of time lost. You don’t want to even comment at that time because the idea is of having you not respond at all. If she’s not getting dressed and it’s time to leave, drive her to school in her PJ’s. She’ll freak out about that one! If you do drive her, then park in the school lot so she can change. Let her know that the next day, you won’t be pulling over, and she will go into class in her PJ’s. Once she sees that you mean it and that there are consequences for her behavior, it will stop!

You know what type of consequences will work (i.e. if it’s removal of privileges such as the TV or computer time) or maybe she would love to even play a game of UNO with you after school if she has a quick and positive morning getting ready for school. Some kids respond more quickly to things they will lose and others respond to earing a privilege. You know your daughter!

I hope this helps you! So sorry for the few day delay in answering.
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TIP: You can create a “scavenger hunt” for so many different things. It can keep your kids’ minds occupied at times when you know there could be difficult moments. For example, make up a list of different things that your child may see in a restaurant (before you go in). When they are getting extra hungry and the food still hasn’t come, pull out the list! Let them look around and try to find some of the things (you don’t have to walk all over) that you can possibly see from your table.
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I also am the Ft. Lauderdale Child Behavior Examiner and write articles for this paper weekly.
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