Ed Sundukovsky shares stories from Toronto’s West End
Kids throw tantrums, it’s a fact. How you deal with said tantrums is as varied as anything that has to do with raising kids. Rearing children is a process that can be fruitful and enlightening or exhausting and brain-numbing. Kids don’t come with an owner’s manual, but they should. What do you do when your kids start acting a fool in public or at home? How do you deal with them? Is negotiating with them a safe tactic or does it set a dangerous precedent? I don’t know, I’m hoping you’ll have some insight that I don’t.
My oldest daughter, Sophia, is a very reasonable child. She is calm and quiet and rarely makes a fuss about anything, but if she does get set off, watch out. She becomes inconsolable; no less than two hours of whimpering and off-and-on crying. Lillian, alternatively is an M-80 child. Because of her age, I’m guessing, she is quick to anger and even quicker to offer a peacemaking hug or song as the case often is. Read more...
2. Are schools just uptight these days or are they acting in everyone’s best interests? The New York Times Motherlode blog reported that kids have been suspended recently for taping up cardboard letters to ask a girl to the prom and passing gas in sync on the bus.