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A Manner of Speaking Jul/Aug '09

by Bonnie Neugebauer
July/August 2009
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Zachary is 22 months old and he may very well be one of the best teachers I've ever had. In just a few short days together he helped me learn so many important things:

If you're hungry, it's time to eat.
If you're done, you're done.
If something is interesting, give it your total concentration.
Random moments of silly are the best.
If you hear music, dance.
If you keep working at something, eventually it will fit.
If you're curious, check it out.
If you're bored, move on.
If you're sleepy, take a nap.
If it feels good, enjoy it.
If it tastes good, try it out with your other senses.
If you're tired and cranky, boundaries are comforting.
If someone pushes you, it's okay to cry it's confusing.
Knowing what comes next can make you feel safe.
If you feel loved, anything is possible.
Doing it yourself takes more time, but it's all about the journey.
A binky at naptime is better than no binky at all.
Just because someone doesn't understand your words, doesn't mean they don't get the message.
Loud is good maybe even great.
Sometimes being alone is a perfect way to be and sometimes it's not.
If you want me to care about something, you need to care about it yourself.
Being wild and crazy ...

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