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Rebecca Kammerer from Parents "R" Talking and Patch.com talks about treating siblings differently and paying special attention to your children's needs.

I have been noticing a pattern in our morning routines. Walter gets up at the crack of dawn and is ready to start his day. Depending on how early it is I will either lie down with him in his bed or cuddle with him on the couch. This has become our daily one-on-one time. Eventually Bella will come shuffling out of bed with her blanket in tow and sit down next to us. Often she seemed as if she was in a bad mood. She would vocalize this by exclaiming, "I am having a tough day."

As I was recently recounting this morning routine with a friend, it began to dawn on me that I was describing (passing judgment on) Walter as being needy and Bella as the more independent type. Then a memory popped into my head. There was a point in my teen years when my younger sister Tammy would get up early in the morning and sit with my mother while she was having her morning coffee. I remember being very jealous of this quality time that they shared.

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Rebecca Kammerer, a wife, mom, parenting coach and writer, provides witty, engaging, parent-to-parent advice.
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Richard Kammerer, is a husband and dad, with a career focus in technology/financial markets, and keen interests in parenting and early childhood development.

Together Rebecca & Richard offer parenting workshops that cover both parents' perspe
ctives through their company Parents"R" Talking. They keep parents talking about the important, challenging and, often times, whimsical aspects of enlightened parenting.

Please send your parenting questions (and curiosities/observations) to ParentsRTalking@gmail.com.

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