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Girl whispering in class

Can I Use TSG With Someone Else's Child? Continued

           Thank you for answering my question! Here are a few more specifics if it helps. I am mostly dealing with younger children–I am teaching the oldest age group I have ever had this year, the... more
Women sewing

Melanie Sees the Future

Years ago I was participating in a sewing activity at my church. Many women had gathered at the church with their sewing machines. At this activity, there was a four year old girl that kept touching the knobs o... more
Girl whispering in class

Can I Use TSG With Someone Else's Child?

I teach Primary at church, and have taught several different age groups over the past few years.  It seems that every year, there is at least one child in my class who has a lot of problems behaving properly a... more
Girl with flower bouquet

Slow Down, Mom

FAMILY I ran into a stranger as he passed by, 'Oh excuse me please' was my reply. He said, 'Please excuse me too; I wasn't watching for you.' We were very polite, this stranger and I. W... more
Angry little boy

They Keep Getting Angry!

  “Hi Nicholeen, I have been working hard to implement the principles you have taught me.  I have seen a huge difference in how I parent and respond to my children.  However, there has been one side... more


Being over critical of things that don’t really matter, like table manners, personal grooming, age appropriate actions, and school grades tells the child that you don’t accept them for who they are or are t... more
Grumpy girl

Following Through

"Yesterday my 8 year old was grumpy when asked to do something and so earned a negative consequence.  I asked him to choose a job from the job jar.  I explained that the job would help him change his heart.... more
Mother reading to daughter on couch

Mission By Example

I was sitting on the couch today going over plans for our next trip when my six year old daughter, Londyn, sat down next to me and said, "We have to go to Virginia because you want to make the world better, don... more
Broom, dustpan, and child's feet

Why Not?

I instructed my daughter to sweep the floor.  She said, “OK Mom, but I don’t know how.”    This surprised me.  She had seen me sweep the floor so many times, that I forgot she might not even know ho... more
Yellow Canary on barbed wire fence

I Am Not Looking!

I was driving down the highway this morning looking at the clear blue sky and the snow capped mountains.  A bird was perched on a wooden fence on the side of the road.  The bird had a bright yellow head and a... more