"Good afternoon, little Theo, good afternoon!"

With the beginning of the defiant phase, little Theo, 16 months old, developed a new bad habit: if you forbid him to do something, he hits the person with his little hands. Mom tells him: “No, you can't do that, it hurts!” Which, however, leaves him pretty unaffected. Papa looks at him angrily and also says: “You mustn't do that!” Little Theo knows very well that you can't be really angry with him. He'll do it again at the next opportunity.

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“You, you!” - Little Lotte and the flower stick

Little Lotte, 16 months old, is fascinated by the flower stick. Again and again she goes there, digs in the earth and tugs at the leaves. The mother tries to stop her. Because Lotte doesn't follow, she threatens, half seriously, half smiling: “You, you!” Whereupon Lotte mischievously imitates her: “You, you!” She can't be angry with her sweet little daughter, but she feels: She has lost this little power struggle . [...]

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"Look what I can!"

Not only from small children one hears again and again: "Mom, look what I've done!", "Look what I can already do!" Most parents react completely naturally to these harmless but precious opportunities. You turn to the child, admire his performance, the child is satisfied and plays or continues to work. [...]

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Father son

"Dad, do you believe in me?"

Leo, 11, loves his father and seeks his approval. But the father doesn't spare criticism if Leo doesn't behave as expected. On top of that, the son is very insecure after the disputed divorce of his parents and asks his father: "Dad, do you believe in me?" To which he replies: "I believe in Jesus Christ and in no one else!" [...]

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