10 tactics for negotiating with a threenager

Three year olds. The kind, caring, sweet natured, manipulative, stroppy, uncooperative, helpful, enthusiastic, cheerful little whirlwinds that live among us. Communicating with them can be a battle of wills. Maintaining a pleasant atmosphere at home without giving in to their every demand can be near to impossible. So, I’m here to help. It is widely accepted that there are four stages to negotiation. So here are 10 tactics for negotiating with a threenager based on those four steps. Preparation 1. Go into battle fully equipped  The threenager is rapidly becoming a television addict. Their favourite programs must be available on…

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Will the countryside die with our generation?

Not so many years ago, playing outdoors was the staple pastime of children of any age. I remember spending day after day playing in the fields, building dens, climbing trees, looking for frogs in the pond and playing with friends at the park. As I got older, outdoor activities would include walking in the hills, cycling, climbing, running and playing cricket on the local sports field, using our jumpers as the wickets. Back then, if the weather was terrible we might watch television or read a book. But the days indoors were long, there wasn’t much to entertain you. I am…

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What age should I give pocket money?

Libby is 3 years old. She will be 4 in June and starts school in September. Last week, she had her first ever pocket money. I have been asking myself, at what age should I give pocket money? And in the end, it seemed to come naturally. She has started to want things and understand that things have to be paid for, and that she can’t have everything she asks for. This seemed like the right time. So, why have I started to give her pocket money so young? 1. Learning about spending Libby is slowly starting to learn what each…

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Our Thursday photo #64

I can’t believe another week has passed already and Thursday has come round again. Mercifully, tomorrow marks the end of my month of working all hours god sends to try to earn a bit of extra money. It has gone quite well and I will be able to start looking at my business again as of next week. Having a month that has been even more difficult has led me to form some small aims for some time to myself. From next week, I intend to make time to do an hour’s exercise at least twice a week. I also aim…

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Being a grown up

I look at my little girls, listen to them laughing and see them smiling. I hear their little grizzles about all the terrible things in their lives. Not being able to find their favourite toy, not being allowed to stay at the park or being unhappy with their lot at dinner time. I envy them their childhood and I worry for them about when their time comes to be grown ups. There are so many things to worry about as a grown up. What our generation are doing to the environment. The terrible atrocities that are going on in the…

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