Encyclopedia of World Cultures, europe by Linda A. Bennett

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After school, she worked in the family’s store and placed all the orders with the salespeople. Her younger siblings eventually went to school and also learned to speak English, but by then Simmie was the default helper/doer in the English-speaking world for her mom and dad. ” She was able to do the parenting, work full-time, continue to be the one to help her parents out, and manage things in her volunteer job. But behind the scenes, Simmie was getting worn down by the challenges of a husband who left everything to her and two children who did nothing around the house.

31 32 Part I: Nine Keys to Phenomenal Parenting If I use the role of coach as a model in my parenting (based on a great coach I have identified), how would bedtime look at my house? If I use the role of a parent that I know and wish I could be more like, how would bedtime look at my house? Remember, this isn’t about being perfect, only better. Better means less yelling, less conflict, better routines, better hygiene, further independence and easier communication. Perfect bedtimes—they’re a moving target!

She was deeply Chapter Five: The Long View shocked: she felt she was a failure and bad parent, and someone who could not keep her promises or live by her most important code of ethics. Then, in the midst of feeling overwhelmed, she realized that the way she was yelling at herself sounded familiar, too. Susan started the parenting journey early. She brought all her experiences, projections and promises with her to the creation of her own family, unaware that some of the commitments she’d made were those of a child on a porch with no understanding beyond that of her own limited experience.

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