Table Talk: Making More White Space on Kids’ Calendars by Jody Capehart

piano keys Today’s Table Talk is by Jody Capehart, one of our Ironing Board moms. She’s one terrific mom, grandmom, teacher, school administrator, author and overall encourager. Pull up a chair and grab a cup of coffee. This lady knows what she’s talking about. The following is an excerpt from her blog: Also, check out Jody’s other moatblog guestposts here. Recently I was speaking at a MOPS group and a Mentor Mom spoke before me on the importance of kids needing time to simply be kids. As a talented and passionate piano teacher, she shared with us a little secret about her selection process for accepting potential piano students: she has the kids fill out a weekly schedule, and, get this, if there isn’t enough white space on their calendar, she won’t take on the student. I absolutely LOVE

Table Talk – Sibling Rivalry (Part 2) by Jody Capehart

sibling rivalry Today’s Table Talk is by our friend Jody Capehart. This is a wonderful continuation to her post last week (click here to read: Sibling Rivalry – Part 1). In today’s post, Jody gives us tips on how to handle the inevitable issues for families of multiple kids. Thanks, Jody! … and thanks for walking the road with me. -Kay   SO WHAT CAN YOU DO AS A PARENT? Once you account for the basics of their relationship, you want to try whatever you can to make your children view each other as invaluable playmates. Think about it. Why do children tend to treat friends better than siblings? Because if they don’t treat their friends right, they might lose them. But siblings? They’re stuck with them for life. So there is less incentive to change their behavior with siblings, as there is no opt-out clause available if they

Table Talk – Sibling Rivalry (Part 1) by Jody Capehart

siblings Today’s Table Talk is by our friend Jody Capehart. She is so sweet to address an issue that more than one MOAT has raised in hopes of gaining some insight from our wise advisers. Today’s installment is Part 1 where Jody addresses the “what/why”. Next week, she will share some tips on “how”.  Thanks so much, Jody … and thanks for walking the road with me. -Kay One of the top concerns of many parents is the issue of how to cut down on the amount of fighting that goes on between siblings. Between work, keeping the children safe and alive, and playing referee for the seemingly unceasing fights that constantly take place, most parents find themselves too exhausted to try new approaches for handling their children. Let’s look at the age-old issue of sibling rivalries and find ways that will

Table Talk – More from Jody … the How’s

Today, Jody shares a little about “What you can do…”, a continuation from yesterday’s post on handling the teen attitude/disrespect dish so often served our way. This, like yesterday’s excerpt is from the book Jody wrote with June Hunt called Understanding Your Teen.  As always, thanks for sharing with us, Jody, … and thanks for walking the road with me. -Kay   What Can You Do In response to the opening scenario, it is important to not react emotionally to your teen’s immaturity. If you react by arguing or with anger, it sets off the same reaction in the teen and becomes a vicious cycle. Model impulse control by clearly stating what you expect in a detached manner. You are not detached from your teen you are detached from what they said and did. Likewise, you have every right to expect respect from your teen. State your
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