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Here's a lovely story from a Mom in New Jersey
"I want to share a cute story from my walk in the neighborhood, using your techniques!! Today, my 2 year old and I met two cousins that were 4 and 5 years old. The 5 year old boy had a box of cookies. The 4 year old girl asked if she could have one. He said, "they're all mine" and turned the box of cookies away from her. So, my mind turned trying to think of things that I had learned about "siblings"; and I started to mirror each one.

I told the boy, "she sounds like she wants a cookie". He said "they are all mine" I told her that "he said that they were all his". She looked sad. I told him that it "looks like she is sad."

Then, I switched to a playful mode. I put my hands on my hips, and said "Hey, what's the big idea? I want a cookie, please" Then I said, in a grumpy face, "No, they are all mine!"

They both started to giggle, and then said "do it again". I did it again. They giggled, and they said "do it again." I did it again. They giggled. You get the gist! I could have been there all day. Anyway, the boy handed the girl the box of cookies and said, "Here have a cookie." And I thought to myself "wow!"

The next thing I know, they reversed the roles. He said in a playful voice "Hey, what's the big idea!  I want a cookie." She said in a grumpy funny voice "no, they are all mine!" It was adorable. When their mother came out, they had to share it all with her, giggling away."
 

Larry Cohen
phone: 617-713-0568

email: larjack@playfulparenting.com

 
Larry Cohen
1680A Beacon Street | Brookline, MA 02445 | Tel/Fax: 617-713-0568

email: larjack@playfulparenting.com