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Sometimes, All They Need is Love

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If your child is having a rough day, remember that sometimes all they need is love and a big hug.

One day last week, my nearly 4-year-old Miles was really testing me.

Hitting his sister. Throwing toys. Sneaking out of time out. Not listening.

We hadn’t even eaten lunch yet, and Miles had been in time-out countless times and had even been sent to his room twice. At this rate, I wasn’t really sure how we were going to make it through the rest of the day.

As I was preparing lunch, he walked into the kitchen on yet another path of destruction. He took a toy from his little brother. He threw his sister’s cup into the sink before she had time to finish her drink.

I grabbed him by the arm as he stomped past. I wasn’t sure what I was going to do – and my mind ran through my options: Send him to time out – hasn’t been working today. Send him to his room – hasn’t been working today. Ask him to stop – hasn’t been working today.

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  1. Lisa

    October 10, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    Great reminder! Thanks.

  2. Erika

    October 11, 2011 at 2:29 am

    oh I needed this today!!! Cal has been testing me like CRAZY!!!! I just keep telling myself that this is just a phase:)

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