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When all the hard work of parenting pays off…it is priceless

Sweet Bear bit Petite Clown’s hand.  Petite Clown started with a low whine that creeped up into a full blown scream-cry as is the case with all children that are hurt.  

I laid in the bed startled from my sleep as the pitch of Petite Clown’s whine grew louder.  I stayed there with my eyes closed to see what would happen.  I like to try to let the kids work out their minor problems or fights when it is appropriate.  So, I continued to lie there with my eyes closed listening.  

I was not disappointed. 

Sweet Bear talked to Petite Clown in a soft and even loving voice.  She asked Petite Clown where it hurt on her hand…as if she didn’t already know since it was her that had done the hurting.  She told her it would be alright.  And, now comes the part that made this Mama swell up with pride.  Sweet Bear told her little sister that she was sorry.  She told her over and over again.  She stressed the “I am sorry”.  “I am soooooo sorry”.  The best part was that she really meant it.  

Petite Clown calmed down and Sweet Bear kissed her hurt little hand.  She gave her sister a huge warm hug as she told her one last time that she was sorry.

Priceless.

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  • Julie November 10, 2006, 3:33 am

    That is so sweet! And no more biting now? :-)

  • Pumpkin November 10, 2006, 1:57 pm

    Nope. So far so good! :)

  • Deb November 16, 2006, 8:08 pm

    That was a good idea on your part. Nice parenting technique. I’ll need to remember that!

  • Pumpkin November 21, 2006, 3:33 pm

    I think kids need to learn how to work their own problems out if possible so that they can grow as a person. I think some parents tend to jump in too soon and then the kids never learn to work out relationship issues with others. It is really important because in life we are constantly dealing with others in our personal and professional lives.

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