Now I've heard several testimonials from families that this technique works. The most dramatic example of a child who's behavior was changed by "The Calendar" was a stubborn little boy who had been pampered a little too much early on by his doting parents. This might have been because he was adopted and they had waited so long for a child or maybe they just had so much love in their hearts they wanted to see him happy at all times. The result was that NO became one of his favorite words. The Calendar technique turned that child's behavior around along with some consistent, firm, but loving parenting. That stubborn child was me and the brilliant idea of "The Calendar" came from my mother. I recently mourned the passing of my mother, but it makes me smile a little to think of how she made such a positive impact on my life and how she is still impacting others even after she is gone. Each time I share that story with parents and they come back to tell me how well it worked with their strong-willed child, I think "Way to go Mom!".
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PEARLS OF WISDOM
"When your mother asks, 'Do you want a piece of advice?' it's a mere formality. It doesn't matter if you answer yes or no. You're going to get it anyway." - Erma Bombeck
"The most remarkable thing about my mother is that for thirty years she served the family nothing but leftovers. The original meal has never been found." - Calvin Trillin
"Clarity and focus doesn't always come from God or inspirational quotes. Usually, it takes your mother to slap the reality back into you." - Shannon L. Adler