RESPECT: This Is What It Means to Me!

by Dana S. Bader
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The other day a relative of my husband visited the house with her three year old son.  Three days later, I am still recovering from the experience.  Although I love children – come on, I manage a nursery, so, really, I love them – I did not love this little three year old after he visited my house.  More important, I loved his mother even less.  The experience was hair-raising, eye-brow-raising, and forehead frowning.  Although the morning started off relatively well, it quickly turned into a battle of wills between the little boy and his mom, as I demonstrated my eight-armed octopus skills to prevent the boy from serious injury and to save the decorations as the boy jumped from sofa to sofa and swung a plastic sword around precariously close to his mother’s head.  During this display of world-class gymnastics, the mother calmly sipped her tea and tut tutted a few times to show her displeasure.  When she noticed I was breaking a sweat, she finally asked her son to sit down, but, of course, to no avail.  Rather than listen to his mother, he screamed, “You sit down!” and bonked her on the head with his plastic sword.  She just laughed and said, “I just don’t understand why he is so active today.”  I had a few ideas for her, but, to avoid being rude, I decided to move the decorations, calm down, smile sweetly, and save my ideas for my readership.  Let’s hope my husband’s relative is one of those readers.

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Aggression in Children

by Dana S. Bader
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There’s a new toy on the market!  It’s called the Feisty Pet, and it is more than a little scary.  Feisty Pets are dogs, bears, or cats who look sweet and cuddly until you squeeze the backs of their head.  Then they turn into monstrous, teeth-baring creatures that can scare the wits out of you.

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The First Day Back after Winter Holiday

by Dana S. Bader
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Yesterday was Saturday, the last day of the winter holiday before my children had to return to school.  When I woke up, I was slightly nostalgic about the fun family time we had over the holidays.  We had gone on so many fun outings, to places I had only thought about when I saw others enjoying them on Facebook.  We had relished the evenings even more, without having to rush around to finish homework, have dinner, and get ready for bed.  We had slept in more, well at least the kids had because I still had to go to work, but I did not have to wake up a whole hour earlier to be ready before I woke them up to get ready for school. Overall, we had been more relaxed, less frantic, and easier to get along with when we were all together.

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