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Could We Have Possibly Done Something Right???? (Part 2)

Hello all! Nothing like a snow day to help one get a little more caught up. (Who are we kidding? Is being caught up ever really possible?)

“What foundation did you lay for something like that to happen?”

That’s where I left off next-to-last post. If you missed it, you might want to check it out. (Pinky swear: it ain’t all that long. )

My coworker’s question really struck me; to this day I often wonder about it. (That question also inspired the name of my parenting workshop , come to think of it. 😉 ) Those of you who have been hanging around the blog for a while might remember a series of posts I did about Discipline vs. Control. (I’ve linked you to the first. Feel free to take it from there, for a total of five essays on the topic, and maybe a bit more insight into groundwork laid.)

Not that he didn’t help before, but since Hubby took on the role of stay-at-home-dad, he’s taken on many of the responsibilities involved in keeping a house running. He often refers to the house as “his job”. So, he models by doing a lot of the cleaning, along with showing consideration. (That’s an important component, folks. Kind of like the subtext in a story: what’s not written but inherent and working on your psyche as one reads.)

Example: We usually all pitch in after dinner, but on many occasions, when Hubby knows I still have paperwork to do, or errands to run after work, he’ll offer to clean up on his own. Most of the time though, I try to move a little faster and make sure to employ everyone present. If every person does a small part of the bigger job, we all get done more quickly and one person isn’t stuck with all the work, right?

And here’s a bit of an aside, but it ties in: Years ago a friend and I were chatting. Something came up about her husband offering to “help” her do something home- or kid-related. My friend took the offer; she also jumped on the opportunity to point out that whatever had to be done was their responsibility—not hers alone with him jumping in to assist because he thought it was kind, or his duty, or whatever other reason spurred him to offer his time and efforts.

Back to subtext: This was a big shift in perspective for me! Being a doer, I tend to initiate and ask others to take on parts of the job. I quickly grasped the concept my friend illustrated and passed it on to Hubby. Little by little, could it be the sons got this too?

And one more take on this before I get back to the point: When my full-timers were small and my part-timers (a.k.a., stepsons) were still children and spent time here regularly (i.e., weekends, overnighters, etc), the bulk of my time outside the day job—which never lacked for work to bring home—was taken up with two to five boys at any given time. One day, Hubby got a little annoyed with my availability for him being pretty limited. He told me, “I feel like I’m at the bottom of the totem pole.”

My reply came quick (thanks to that chat with my friend 🙂 ).  “Actually, I’m at the bottom. You’re probably the next step up. Since, however, we’re supposed to be equal in this relationship and family situation, I’m thinking you should be at bottom next to me.” (Chances are, Hubby wasn’t too thrilled with me at that moment. 😇)

IMHO, this brings me back to a single word: RESPONSIBILITY. Perhaps that is the “key” to the “foundation” Hubby and I might have laid for “something like this to happen,” as my coworker put it.

If nothing else, I’ve always been responsible. Not that it was necessarily a choice: as the first-generation-American (and only) daughter of Italian immigrants, I was groomed for being so from the first English words that came out of my mouth. My work as a health care provider is responsibility after responsibility. And dealing with the ramifications of not fully understanding my part of my responsibilities in my first work setting led to growth (which, I promise, wasn’t without pain).

So, teaching responsibility, and EXPECTING my kids to BE responsible, are probably the two most foundation-building things I hope to have done along the way. (BTW, this applies to my students too, and something I sort-of drill, especially as kids vie for increased independence, which is typical as they grow. I’m also big on pushing the idea that freedom/privilege is WROUGHT with responsibility–think driving.)

We’ll talk about this more next week.

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Thoughts? Ideas? Opinions? This ain’t about me telling my story, folks; it’s about parents sharing their experiences and problem-solving through the hiccups and rough spots, or inspiring us with jaw-dropping moments of whaa….?

Everyone’s input matters! Either you’re in the trenches–or survived them! Please take a moment and share in the comments or on Facebook. As soon as I get that danged Instagram thing together—setting it up has only been annoying with nothing to show for it to date—you’ll be able to post there too. (To the chagrin of my kids—Younger Son, in particular–who are not thrilled with mom sharing their platform, lol–which is why, I’m told, kids left Facebook. 😀 ) As always, if the content speaks to you, please pass it along via any of the buttons below!

Enjoy the (snow) day!

Joanne

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The Danger of Pinterest…

Is that I’ll get stuck there reading article after awesome article 🧐!

Check these out:

12 Things Parents Did In The ’50s That Millennial Parents Should Bring Back

And a slightly different take on decluttering (b/c I know I definitely need to):

8 Tips For Decluttering On A Low Income (From A Mom Who’s Been There)

BTW, the decluttering article is PACKED with links that suggest I can take this order/organization thing to another level! I’ll keep you posted. 😉

Have a great day!

Joanne

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Posted in Discipline vs. Control, Parenting, Reflections, Uncategorized

Could We Have Done Something Right?–Part One

Hello, all!

I am FINALLY launching the second series of parenting posts I promised. As always, thank you for taking the time to be here.

NOTE: These essays originally posted starting 11/11/2013, for a total of six articles, right around the time my boys were turning 17 and 15. Very special thanks to Doctor Lori and Ms. Paula, for unknowingly inspiring me to pull together the rest of the Could We Have Done Something Right series, and subsequently, my workshop.

Here is Part 1:

“You realize we’re both hating you right about now,” said a new coworker, a few weeks ago. She, myself and a student’s assistant were discussing kids and getting them to do their chores without it being a struggle.

I’d happened onto their discussion, just in time to hear the assistant saying she was tired of “paying” her teenage kids before their chores were done, then having to argue about it.

Interestingly enough, this conversation took place a few days after Hubby and I decided to leave the dinner dishes and go hit tennis balls before dark. Younger Son (who at the time, was a few weeks shy of his 15th birthday) had cleared the dishes, but there were still pots to be washed, the counter to be wiped down…you know.

Aside: This Italian was raised to NEVER do the next thing—God forbid, something fun—until the house is clean. Somehow, Hubby got infected with this disease and looked at me like, You want to go now? Leave this mess? (I assured him it would be there when we got back.)

Well, Hubby and I took off, had some fun and headed back home. (So glad I went! I happened to have an awesome day on the court–for me, anyway. Just sayin’.) It was still just light enough for a walk, so I opted to sneak in a short one before it got any darker. “Oh sure. Leave me with the kitchen clean-up,” Hubby grumped. (Not terribly.)

“I don’t know why we own Younger Son,” I answered. “There’s no reason we couldn’t have asked him to do it.”

Lo and behold, we entered a FULLY CLEANED KITCHEN. It was like the Cleaning Fairy had dropped in for a visit.

This is pretty much the point where my co-worker expressed hate. And when I mentioned the episode to someone else a day later—hey, I’m still every bit as amazed as the day it happened—another coworker overheard. She did the slow head turn, eyes wide: “What foundation did you lay for something like that to happen?”

BTW, on another night, in the vicinity of that time, Younger Son did something similar—washed the few dishes in the sink without being asked.

And a few weeks after that, when I picked up my mom from the hospital, and I was tied up helping her transition from hospital to home, and I hadn’t made it to cleaning the kitchen (Hubby was away), and it was 10:30 PM, I walked into the kitchen while Older Son (who was pushing the ripe age of 17) was doing what had to be done, without anyone asking.

And on another occasion close to that, when Younger Son had an orthodontist appointment at 6:30 PM—don’t ask why anyone would schedule that time when after school is so much more convenient at my house—and Hubby wasn’t home, and both boys and I were scrambling to leave the kitchen clean before taking off, Older Son casually said, “You guys go. I’ll finish this.”

Mother does the glance askance at Older Son. Huh? (This is the same kid that would step out of his shoes in the middle of the doorway and keep walking. At least he slips out of them to the side of a step these days, with one shoe pointing outward every time, which is pretty much how the kid walks, and still proof that he literally steps out of his shoes, lol.)

“What foundation did you lay for something like that to happen?

My co-worker’s question really got me thinking big-time. Next time, I’ll share some of the thoughts her question provoked.

Your turn: if you have kids, have they left you flumgubbered enough to wonder what YOU might have done right? Take a minute and tell us about it, please! Feel free to post a comment below, share on my Facebook page or email me (if you’re shy 🙂 ). Or simply help share the content by clicking one or more of the buttons below!

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Have a spectacular day!

Joanne

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Getting Back to that Parenting Stuff…

Welcome back! T’is the season when I’m going to be more patchy than at others—depends on how much paperwork there is to do for the day job. Just for today, I’m as caught up as I need to be, so I want to get back here and post!!!

So… I started this around December and got sidetracked with Christmas, keto, reports due. As per Sir Elton John’s lyrics from Circle of Life, there will always be, “more to do than can ever be done.” (I got teary-eyed the first time I heard it. What do you mean, I can’t do everything I’ll ever need or want to do?????)

Anyway, dear parents, guardians and caregivers of children, please allow me to get back on track.

First and foremost:

Many, many thanks for spending your very precious time here! I am humbled, grateful, and indebted. As with my previous series of thoughts on children, I hope you find inspiration via my journey through motherhood, and perhaps some tips to help you feel empowered while you navigate yours.

Just a few reminders for those moments you wonder which alien creature took over your body and signed you up to bring people into the world and help them find their way into the realm of adulthood.  At the end of the day, that’s why we’re here, yes? (Yes???)

Anyway:

This parenting gig is W.O.R.K.

Hard work.

Long days of seemingly doing the same thing over and over, with little or no acknowledgment, let along thanks.

Efforts that often seem unrewarded, or worse yet, fruitless.

Please note: Given the correct circumstances—mind you I didn’t say “perfect”—those efforts add up, much like Aesop’s famed crow dropping one pebble at a time into that pitcher with an inch of water or so at the bottom, in order to reward himself with a drink.

So…

I am starting a follow-up to my Discipline vs. Control series. Ironically enough, several weeks ago (specifically, on the day after Christmas), I left the sink full of dishes and the kitchen to clean after I relaxed a little with Hubby after dinner. It was after 9 and Younger Son (who recently turned 20) had come in from the mall a little earlier. After his shower, he tends to grab food I leave on the stove and head downstairs, where he usually hangs out playing video games.

From the living room, I heard the kitchen faucet running. After it ran for a steady 10 minutes, I realized my “little one” was cleaning up my mess—unasked. (Whaaaat?? This from the same kid who hadn’t managed to wipe down one bathroom sink after two weeks of his ma asking him to do so. I had the perfect teachable moment planned when he started looking for socks fresh from the laundry. I was going to give him first-hand instruction on how to Google use of the washer or refer him to a YouTube video of the same. I’m holding off for now. 😉 )

And this evening’s episode, which catapulted me back five years, segues me perfectly into the next series of posts directly related to parenting. Please stay tuned. Episodes such as mine can be a reality in your parenting life too! 🙂

Go forward. Be empowered. And always remember, you can start your day or even your journey over anytime you choose to do so.

Your turn: has one (or more) of your children done something so awesomely unexpected that made your jaw drop? Please tell in the comments or share on Facebook!

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Have a wonderful day,

Joanne

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Posted in Exercise and fitness, fitness, making time, mind and body, Uncategorized

Ringing in 2019: Parenting and Fitness–I CAN Do This in Relatively LITTLE Time!

Happy 2019 and 12th day of Christmas, everyone! Hope any–or all–of the holidays you celebrated lived up to all the energy many of us put into them!

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My decorations and tree are still up. After the festivities are over is when I most enjoy sitting and looking at them, in a quiet home after Hubby’s gone to bed and Younger Son is downstairs gaming. (Aside: I heard, on a local radio show, that the Christmas season doesn’t end until the baptism of Jesus. I’m thinking the caller meant the presentation at the temple–during the briss. Either way, that gives me one more week stay of execution to keep my tree up 😀 .)

T’is also the season when storage containers come to the forefront of stores, and diet commercials and promos for gym memberships bombard us from all sides.

“But it’s so hard to find time to exercise, get to the gym,. etc., with kids, work, the house…”

I know! I’ve been there. I’ve done that. (And I’m still here, keeping a home, working outside–and inside–the home for pay…) 🙂

So…

I’m linking you up with two posts in which I covered this subject, when I was still in the trenches with kids in elementary school and I had to come up with an alternate plan to getting in exercise. Seems like an appropriate time of year to do so.

Working in Exercise—Keeping the Parent’s Body (and Mind) Fit–Part 1

Working in Exercise–Keeping the Parent’s Body (and Mind) Fit–Part 2

You can do this! It’s a mind-shift, dear parents and caregivers, and it can be done. A little flexibility in your thinking and a desire to make it work within the parameters of your particular circumstance is all you need to make it so.

One mom I used to chat with, while we waited for our 3rd and 1st grade kids to be dismissed from school, loved running, but her hubby had to be OUT THE DOOR and on his way to the day job by 6:30 AM. “I kept my sneakers next to the bed. My feet were in them before my eyes were open.” She was on the move by 6 AM. (THAT’s dedication and flexibility. Those words still motivate me. I try to walk as soon as I get home from work every day, keep 3 lb. weights next to the bed for a few before-I-get-out-of-bed shoulder-arm exercises, do some wall push-ups or squats while I wait for water to boil… Y’all get the idea!)

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Wishing you all a great day and weekend!

Joanne

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Eat Fat/Live Thin(ner)–Keto Bread–This Is Looking Like a SERIOUS Game-Changer

Happy 4th day of Christmas, people! Hope all of you enjoyed–and/or continue to enjoy–the holiday season, with its festivities and merriment. To those of you who are not quite feeling that way, my wishes that you are feeling peace during what can be a very stressful time!

So…

While I practice what I refer to as “quasi-keto”–I want to be able to make this a life-style friendly way of eating so that I can “stay on the wagon” more often than not. (The 12 days of Christmas most certainly are “off” days!) What I am loving about most keto recipes is that I can have my (keto) cake–or, in this case, bread–and eat it, too. (Only “diet” I’ve ever been on that I can’t wait to get back on–go figure; I always feel like I’m cheating!)

Anyway, I’ve been missing bread wanting to try my hand at making a keto version for a while.  I’ve made the microwave single-serve versions; they’re okay, but only after I nuke the ingredients, then slice and grill the finished product. (It tends to be a 15-minute process overall and can make the house smelly. Yes, it’s yummy as a French toast, but not quite the sliced-bread effect I was looking for.)

Found this gem at Delish–no tweaking this recipe (yet!). Easy and quick to put together (about 20 minutes) and 30 minutes oven time.  (Total time: 50 minutes.) And, if you already keep keto, chances are you have all the ingredients on hand—7 (?) in all.

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So far, I am EXTREMELY pleased with the flavor and texture of this bread; reminds me of pound cake, but it’s not sweet. It isn’t eggy, as some keto breads are reputed to be. The only thing I might consider adding is a little liquid—unsweetened almond milk, maybe?—to moisten up the batter a tiny bit. I’m also thinking some shredded cheddar or Parmesan will make it savory.

Can’t wait to toast it, and make me a good, old-fashioned Sammy (over-easy egg on a slice of cheese-covered toast); rustle up grilled cheese or try it with peanut butter—if there is one thing I’ve been missing on keto, it’s a PBJ sandwich. (Next recipe to try: sugar-free strawberry preserves from the reserve I have in the freezer 🙂 ! )

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Out of the oven less than an hour ago–yum!

That’s it for today! Wishing all of you a wonderful weekend, and a safe, blessed and healthy new year.

Be well,

Joanne

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Posted in fitness, mind and body, recipes, Uncategorized

Eat Fat/Live Thin(ner): Coconut Flour-Pumpkin Keto Pancakes!

The season for pumpkin-infused goodies is kind of winding down and sometimes “ya just gotta.” (Not that the health benefits of pumpkin are ever out of season. Just sayin’ 😉.)

Because this recipe is one of the many I’ve saved to my Pinterest account (I currently go by Cottaegal), I need to give credit where credit is due. I’m sure I’ve used others’ recipes as well, but this was this morning’s pick. (See below image for my tweaks to the recipe–Older Son says I never leave well enough alone. He’s right! 😊)

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Served with sugarless syrup, butter and whipped cream. Can’t get this kind of keto at a diner or restaurant, not that I know of, anyway.)

So: If you’re following the original recipe, let me know how you made out. Tweaks or not, make sure pancakes are sufficiently browned before attempting to flip them. (Spraying your spatula with cooking spray helps too.) Another note: These will NOT bubble on one side like traditional pancakes. You have to visually inspect the bottom by lifting an edge and peeking–very scientific, I know!

Tweak #1: I doubled the recipe to use up leftover pumpkin that was in the fridge. Easy-peasy and I got me TEN 3-inch pancakes. (If you make them any bigger, they can be quite the challenge to flip.)

Tweak #2: The original recipe calls for ONE tablespoon of water, which translates to TWO for double-recipe. I substituted almond milk–unsweetened vanilla–and added a little half-and-half.

NOTE:  Coconut flour is insanely absorbent! I strongly suggest adding liquid to batter and eyeballing how thick or thin you want it. (I like it the consistency of a very soft pudding, one that teeters on the edge of runny.) Sorry, folks, I don’t  measure. I add a little liquid and stir–probably about 1/8-1/4 cup at a time; let the batter sit at least 5 minutes,  add more liquid and repeat as I see fit. I believe I did this three separate times the last time I made these.

Tweak #3: In addition to pumpkin spice, I add vanilla, cinnamon and a tablespoon or so of melted butter for extra flavor. I also increased the baking powder–maybe just under a teaspoon(?)–to make the pancakes a little more airy. I omitted whey protein. (Just MHO, but something about powdered protein doesn’t sit right in my brain.)

NOTE: On Facebook the other day, someone  commented that these can be dense and not fluffy. (Hi, friend!) When you add enough liquid and baking powder, the texture mimics a white flour pancake that much more.

Tweak #4: I spray a non-stick pan or griddle with cooking spray, then melt butter in the pan before adding batter. I ladle batter in using a soup spoon, which results in the 3-inch pancakes in the image above. Remember: any bigger and they will be no fun to flip, I promise (Been there and done that!😖) Transfer to spatter screen to cool without condensation forming on bottom. (Got mine at dollar store. You can line a plate with a paper towel for a similar effect.)

Final note: Both the batter and the finished pancakes keep very well in the fridge. Put aside some of the former for later in the week, and/or wrap the latter; nuke to warm or crisp up in a frying pan.

And that’s all she wrote—for today anyway!

In the spirit of practicing an attitude of gratitude, allow me to thank each and every one of you for your time and support! Seize the day and make some yumminess all your own!

Joanne

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Posted in Discipline vs. Control, holidays, Parenting, Reflections, Uncategorized

Because It’s the Holiday Season…

and few–if any–of us are lacking in the area of ‘busy’, I figured I’d rerun a few of my early posts from this sight. Since my 6+-foot “little one” is asking for ANOTHER fancy-pants set of sneakers for Christmas, this particular pair of posts seemed apropos to re-air.

Good luck getting it all done in time, before the other “big guy” makes his yearly “drive-by.” You know: he’s usually dressed in red and in a toy-laden sleigh being pulled by eight (or nine) reindeer…

What’s My Motivation? (Part One) and What’s My Motivation? (Part Two)

As always, feedback, comments, thoughts and sharing of the content on your social media platform(s) of choice are greatly appreciated!

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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from Franklyn, the front-door greeter!

Have a great day and thank you for your time!

Joanne

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Eat Fat/Live Thin(ner): Spaghetti-squash “Latkes”

Good morning! Special thanks to Diane for inspiring this post! And I greatly appreciate those of you who let me know you’ve tried my recipes, read other posts, etc. Y’all make my day!

Happy 5th day of Hanukkah to my Jewish friends, co-workers, readers and anyone else who celebrates the Festival of Lights. Wishing all of you peace and joy during this very special time!

Since I drool over pretty much anything potato, I’m always excited during Hanukkah: one of its days involves cooking as part of education–yay! This typically results in the aroma of LATKES frying wafting through the corridor, snagging me and leading me directly to the door of “Miss Sara’s and The Queen of Cool Who Rules the School’s” classroom.

Of course, I said I wouldn’t do it. But: I’m as human as the rest and Hanukkah is once a year. Let’s just say I broke my adherence to quasi-keto ways. I scarfed TWO of those amazing gifts that Hanukkah provides this non-Jewish girl every year—yes, I know I look the part—and stayed out of that room the rest of the day.

Like the aroma in the school halls, however, the thought of latkes permeated my mind all day. The day before, coincidentally, I cooked some leftover spaghetti squash into fritters and realized what was left would be an awesome, keto-esque substitute for the real thing. (That’s the thing about the keto community. We give up our carbs but are forever on the hunt for reasonable facsimiles of carby recipes. In other words, we want to pass on the cake but eat it, too!)

So, to not drag this out any more, here is a recipe for spaghetti-squash “latkes” (because Diane asked)! Please note, I used about a quarter’s worth of a large (?) squash’s leftover strands to get what you see in the photo, made in a 10-inch fry pan. Also note that I kind of threw this together so I didn’t measure anything, but the amounts I list should be enough for half a roasted squash.

Ingredients:

pulp of half a roasted spaghetti squash (see recipe below*)

1 egg, lightly beaten

1-2 tbsp of almond meal or almond flour

1/4 cup (or so) shredded Parmesan cheese

parsley

salt and pepper to taste

oil for frying (I use canola or olive)

Directions:

Strain squash strands through a colander or large strainer to remove excess watery by pushing down and stirring. (This VERY IMPORTANT STEP makes it easier to turn the fritters later.) Transfer to a mixing bowl.

Add the rest of the ingredients and stir together. (The consistency was on the creamy side.)

Heat oil in a (preferably non-stick) fry pan over medium to medium-high heat.

Drop mixture by soup-size spoon spoonfuls into oil. (That’s probably a little bigger than a tablespoon. Any bigger and you most likely won’t be able to flip these babies.) Fry until edges and bottoms start to brown;flip and continue frying until cooked through.

TIPS: Fritters should look like those in photo before attempting to flip them. I strongly suggest spraying your spatula with cooking oil before turning fritters too. Alternate idea: if your frying pan is oven-safe, you can put it in the oven under a low-broil flame to finish cooking without having to do the flip!

Transfer to paper towel-lined plate (to drain some of the oil). Es gezunterheyt! (Yiddish for “Eat in health!”)

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*Roasted Spaghetti Squash

Ingredients:

One spaghetti squash (cut in half lengthwise, seeds removed**)

Oil of choice (I use olive)

garlic salt, lemon-pepper (or salt, pepper, etc of choice–or skip salt entirely for low-sodium diet)

Brush each half of squash with oil and season to taste. Bake at 425-450º F for 35-45 minutes until flesh is a little browned and you can pierce skin easily with a fork.

Scrape spaghetti strands out with a fork (you’ll make it down to the skin if you baked long enough).

Enjoy as is and/or use as a pasta substitute!

**A cauliflower cutter makes removing the seeds so much easier. Best li’l investment ever!

Have a great day and weekend! If you try the recipe, let me know how you it turns out!

Joanne

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Discipline Vs. Control–Part 6: Tips for Navigating the Parent’s Journey (or Wrapping Up “The Eraser Story”)

Hope all of you enjoyed a peaceful Thanksgiving. If Black Friday is your thing, hope that was fun too! (I much prefer being home and leaving the super-sales to those brave souls willing to camp out in the cold then brave the crowds. Ain’t nuthin’ in particular I need that I can’t get at some other time; I’m sure I was a tad tired after hosting Thanksgiving. (No major mishaps this year, except Hubby and I BOTH forgot making the ham; we remembered as he was carving the turkey just before we sat down for dinner. Oh well. It’s in the fridge waiting for Christmas!

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Too bad it’s not this easy!  (Photo by rawpixel.com on Pexels.com)

So: In my Election Day post  I promised a few tips a parent might consider to make the journey more manageable:

*Talking with professionals who deal with kids on a regular basis can be very helpful. If you’re struggling, get in touch with a teacher, pediatrician, psychologist, related service provider (i.e., physical, occupational or speech therapist) or behaviorist.

*Read parent forums and use information there as a springboard to give you an idea of what your child’s need might be. Remember that none of that information is gospel and should be used only as a guideline for further action that might be necessary.

*Talk to other parents, especially those who have “been there and done that.” Their experience might definitely inspire and/or benefit you!

*Finally, and possibly most vital, look at your own motives and your own behavior. My behavior shouldn’t be  be driven by what I want. It’s about guiding my kids to be the best adults they can be by providing them an opportunity to learn via discipline.

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Hope this is helpful! Please feel free to share any thoughts, ideas, experiences, etc in the comments and/or on my Facebook page. And if the content speaks to you, sharing the word on your own social media pages helps spread the word!

As always, many thanks for your time here–it is greatly appreciated!

Have a peaceful day,

Joanne

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