Loving Your Child's Sparkly Personality

Help, my kid is a whiner podcast

Some children seem to just be born with a bigger personality. You know the type.

(Often, they’ve got older, more reserved siblings.)

This is the child who can tantrum the loudest, needs to be first in line, always wants to win every game, lies unapologetically, and walks into the middle of the room with such contagious enthusiasm you just can’t help but be captivated by her.

You just gotta love this spirited little diva with your whole heart, as exhausting as she is.

We’re going to dig deep into how to understand and soothe her competitive nature while admiring all that she is meant to be when she grows up.

Homeschooolers, stick around because today’s Montessori inspiration is the plant polishing work, a lesson you can do at home with your toddler or preschooler.

I know, I know, you’re thinking….”why would I want to polish a plant?” But trust me, you do!


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Tips for Taming Competition

  • Middle children often feel the need to be highly competitive.

  • Competitive games are more developmentally appropriate (and all around more fun!) for ages 6 and up.

  • If your child is struggling with being a “sore loser”, take a break from competitive games and if possible, change them into cooperative ones.

  • During ages 4-6, navigating social relationships, which often appear to be about “winners” and “losers” is a big part of life.

Lies Aren’t All Bad

  • Lying is much more common for children than you might think.

  • Some children begin lying as early as age 2. Some also need more time to pass through this stage.

  • When your child lies to you, try not to “catch” her in the lie. Just state what you see (don’t argue about it) and acknowledge/empathize as usual. Ignore the “lie” and get right to the main issue.


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Aubrey Hargis