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How Parents Can Help Their Children: Get Organized and Learn to Be Productive by Laura Stack

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1.   Handling transitions

 

My boys Johnny and James are six and five years old, respectively. Since the time they were young, I’ve encouraged them to be self-sufficient and “help daddy” or “help mommy” get themselves dressed, wash themselves, put their dirty clothes in the hamper, and so on. Now that they’re able to put on their pajamas at night and brush their own teeth, I can get other things done while they’re busy, and then we can all spend more rest or play time together.

 

Transitions are the most difficult times of the day for them: from nighttime to morning time; from workday to evening; and from evening to bedtime. These transition periods are called “witching hours,” and they are fraught with stress and chaos. Every person, every ...

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