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  • The Bumbo Battle: How a Tantrum Enhanced my Day of Peace and Rest It was Sunday morning--the day of peace and rest I very much look forward to every week. No deep-cleaning, no school work, no shopping, no scheduled activities (besides worship services), and no technological entertainment to weigh us down or distract us from the pure clarity that awaits to fill us up and prepare us for a new week of busyness. If my mind is still enough to take it in, Sunday is the most refreshing and rewarding day of my week.I find that my extra hard prep on Saturdays is well-worth the likelihood of feeling that life-giving peace on Sundays.But some aspects of peace are out of my control.As I fumbled with cereal ...
    Posted Jul 28, 2016, 5:06 AM by Smith Moments
  • Wedding Prep So Kirsti's brain is grasping reality more and more every day. I can tell because she continuously asks realistic questions that have direct impact on her future. For example, "Can Santa really go to every person's house in one night?" (Thus, we've shared the ins and outs of folks like Santa and the Tooth Fairy with her. She gets that parents want to give anonymously from time to time.)Kirsti thinks a lot about how she'll handle the future and I can see her wheels turning as she tries to prepare herself for what's ahead. Smart girl. (a sign of being in the Accountability Stage)After looking at our wedding album recently and reminiscing about ...
    Posted Jul 28, 2016, 5:20 AM by Smith Moments
  • Woody to the Rescue I was tapping away at my computer on our basement couch when high pitched screeches from a few feet away wailed out of control.  With great distress, Cienna and MaryAnn battled for the same toy. "I had it first!" screamed one. "Whaaaah!" wailed the other.It was obvious their prefrontal cortex neurons weren't going to kick in on their own this time without mirroring a few of mine. So...though naturally annoyed that my personal few minutes of peace were up, I sensed the need to pull up my boot straps and lend my slightly more mature mind to assist my two little ones in managing the high emotions that go along with the conflict their ACCs had ...
    Posted Jul 28, 2016, 4:53 AM by Smith Moments
  • Fear of Bubble Bath These bubbles represent brain growth. A few years back when my sweet and extremely highly-sensitive Cienna was between 6 months and about 3 years old, her newly activated alert system worked over-time (compared to most children her age) to warn her against potential threats. This phenomenon, coupled with her amazing memory of past events and her incredibly responsive amygdala (the brain’s center for fear), caused anything remotely close to invading her personal space to receive major rejection and often a full blown panic attack that included vomit. So, when I noticed Cienna’s eyes grow big with fear the first time she examined bubble bath foaming in her familiar bath water, I knew those innocent air-filled ...
    Posted Jul 28, 2016, 5:05 AM by Smith Moments
  • The Ryde My ten-year-younger brother recently started a shuttle bus service for the BYU college campus. He carries hundreds of students to & from their homes so they can study and learn. He calls it “The Ryde”.As you might imagine, when a bus breaks down, it is quite the scramble to get it working correctly. Otherwise, students miss classes, get frustrated and ultimately find another way to school.Amy and my parenting has followed a similar “ryde”. Sometimes our ‘bus’ is running great! Our riders are happy and getting the learning they deserve & need. Other times, we break down causing our kids to miss valuable learning and get frustrated.I’m sure you and I are the same in wanting ...
    Posted Jan 11, 2013, 11:55 AM by Brent Smith
  • Hitting (Attachment Stage 0-3)    My adorable angel, MaryAnn (17 months), started hitting...regularly. MaryAnn is old enough to have a few cognitive hopes and dreams now (looking at books, taking baths, eating treats)...and recognize when those dreams aren’t coming true (when Mom says, "Not now, Dear"). Recognition takes more brain power than she had when she was a newborn. (Yeah for her!) But it also means the beginning of intense emotional drama.  Recently, the youngest three took turns sitting in a black office chair while Kirsti and Diggy shared in the job of spinning, rolling, and saying, “Keep your arms inside the car at all times. Enjoy your ride.” MaryAnn observed for several rounds and then bravely stepped forward to join in ...
    Posted Jul 28, 2016, 5:00 AM by Smith Moments
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