Every notice how sometimes one kid does not seem quite as willing to help as the others?
Ever want to say to (read: scream at) that kid -- YOU THINK THAT IF YOU ACT THAT WAY, I WILL STOP ASKING YOU FOR HELP?
Ever realize, it works?
Every week, I promise myself that I will not lose my temper. Every week, I am determined to just calmly repeat myself until that child completes the task at hand. Every week, I believe "this week will be different."
Over time, we have made progress. I know we have.
This child does help more. Sometime, even with a smile.
I wish I knew the secrect. How do I charm my child into wanting to help? Or, at least, into helping graciously? How do I convey to my child that a good attitude will make the task easier and faster.
A friend suggested we "time" the tasks. "See what you can do in five minutes." It is a good tool. Even a reluctant child can accomplish a lot in five minutes.
Some weeks are better than others.
Take a guess how this week went....
Two steps forward, one step back.
Please daven (or send happy, healing thoughts) for RivkA bat Teirtzel.
With love and optimism,
ps. ALL tips and suggestions welcome!!