The following is a guest post written by Kassandra Brown of Parentcoaching.org
“Time for reading” I say cheerfully while bracing myself for resistance.
“What do you want to read today? You pick,” I say as I touch my daughter’s shoulder to get her attention.
Grudgingly she gets up and chooses the simplest book we have in the house. After making sounds like “why, I don’t want to, and can’t we do it later?” she begins reading.
She starts to wiggle and fidget, playing with her feet and getting stumped by words she read yesterday.
I help her sound out the words all the while feeling my frustration rise, hearing the irritation creep into my voice, and – on one particularly awful day – getting up from our studies to yell and stomp out the door to the backyard.
What happened? Can anything good come from this sort of communication breakdown and painful parenting moment?