The Whining Game

I’m always happy to talk things out.  We encourage Kubla to negotiate boundaries.  But whining—we do everything we can to stamp it out.  Including playing with him not getting what he wants. “I want a

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Baby bites

Spit it out if you don't like it

Baby bites

Kubla goes to a friend’s house for a play date. They invite him to stay for dinner. The second he comes home, he asks for a snack. “A snack? Didn’t you just have dinner?” “I

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In the way

Is it possible to do things together instead?

In the way

I like to lift weights at home. It saves me a trip to the gym. Three year old Kubla wants to help. I’m afraid he’s going to get crushed by a dumbbell. Liping tries to

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The ‘No’ Game

Take the wind out of routine defiance

Kidorable blog | The no game

I encourage small children to say ‘no’ and be naughty. I find that when they get the “no’s” out of their system, they feel less of a need to act up later. And they’re more

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The Superheroes Game

What are your powers?

The Superheroes Game

Kubla loves superheroes. We like to make up our own, each with their own special powers and back story. Kubla likes being Rabbitman. He was bitten by a radioactive rabbit. He can jump really far

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Good food, junk food, and poison

Just one drop of poison is too much

Good food, junk food, and poison

Kubla’s friend introduces him to some garbage on YouTube—Violence. Foul language. Women acting like no real person I’ve ever met. He comes home and wants to watch it again. When I realize how bad it

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The Telephone Game

Kubla and I are walking in the park. He’s starting to dawdle. He looks bored. I pretend my phone is ringing and answer it. I make like I’m listening. “Kubla, it’s that pirate calling again.

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