Author Archive: dragonriko

What does and doesn’t work for Polar Bear

In this blog post I share what parenting strategies do and do not work for my eldest son; Polar Bear (currently 12). In the previous blog post I explored what things impact my parenting strategies, you can read this Here What does work As I mentioned in the previous post, logic and facts work best. If …

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Different strategies for different kids

The boys are currently 12 (Polar Bear), 5 (Monkey) and nearly 3 (Ton). As they grow it appears they are more and more different from one another, and as such, they require very different parenting strategies. The basis for my parenting is PDA strategies, but even these need to be adapted for each individual child. …

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Suzie goes to school – a book review

Suzie goes to school – a book review   I had the pleasure of reviewing one of many children’s books written by Charlotte Olson. I chose Suzie goes to school as I thought it would be a big help in preparing Monkey for starting school himself. The book is bright and colourful, the type of …

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Day 7 – 5 things I would change

Day 7 – 5 things I would change   There’s not a lot that I would change in this world. While there are things which are bad we can only really see the good by experiencing the bad. If we made everything perfect, if we had world peace, then everyone would be bored and sad. …

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Day 5 – My favourite photos

Day 5 – My favourite photos There are many great photos of the boys, some with cheeky or funny smiles, some in comical poses, some where they are busy playing or concentrating on something and many, many photos where they are eating food. It’s hard to choose my absolute favourite out of all of them …

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Day 4 – Proudest Moment

Day 4 – Proudest Moment   I have three boys and a chronic memory, I spent ages trying to rack my brain for memories of the proudest moments of each child. There are a lot of times when I’ve been proud of my boys, I’m not sure which would be the proudest overall. So rather …

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Why do we praise?

Why do we praise? When it comes to praising our PDAers it can be a difficult job, it’s not as straightforward as saying something nice and them accepting the nice words. Many PDAers dislike praise, to the point where they will lash out when praised. This makes it hard to build up their self-esteem as …

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Day 3 – Child’s Favourite Book

Day 3 – Child’s Favourite Book Books are well liked in this house. I’m an avid reader and the boys all love having bedtime stories, even Ton listens in on Monkey’s bedtime story, in between his usual hand flapping and rolling around on the floor. Polar Bear reads on and off, apparently he has read …

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Day 2 – 10 things you didn’t know about PDA

Day 2 – 10 things you didn’t know about Pathological Demand Avoidance   Well, being pedantic, I don’t actually know what you, the reader, know about Pathological Demand Avoidance. You could be brand new to the condition so know next to nothing about it, or you could be a PDA veteran and already know everything …

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