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Jan 9, 2018

Do you make time for Special Time? Don't fret if you don't...yet!

We know that spending just a few minutes putting aside distractions and letting children lead play can boost our relationship with them, but that doesn't stop us running away from this type of Special Time.

On this week's episode Abigail and Elle look at the times they put off Special Time, and the ways they try to "cheat" the tool by using shortcuts. Abigail admits this tool is her weakest as well as the (unlikely) reason it feels hard, while Elle says she skimps on setting up the time properly!

They look at what causes parents to squirm around Special Time:

  • Declaring Special Time
  • Resisting the timing element. Is that mean?
  • Bargaining at the end of Special Time
  • Not wanting to listen to a child's upsets when Special Time ends

If you find yourself wanting to do Special Time while NOT wanting to do Special Time this episode is for you!

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