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A spoonful of sugar

26 November
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Michael Grose

Last night I saw Mary Poppins the musical in Melbourne.

It was a stunner of show.

I said in my Michael Grose Parenting Facebook page that I was going to get some lessons from the original super nanny.

Well, I went because I love theatre but if was to put on parenting hat here's what I noticed.

1. A spoonful of sugar does help the medicine go down. The pleasant parenting approach won out over the simply hard-nosed approach. Smile even when you are stern!

2. Let your parenting personality shine through. The point about Mary Poppins was that she was a BIG personality. Strong yes. But BIG mainly. There are times when your best parenting asset is your enthusiasm and your ability to kid kids along. Let your personality be BIG.

3.There are times when you have to leave the scene and let kids sort things out for themselves. Poppins left the family a time to let them get sorted. There is only so much you can do!

4. If you don't appreciate things you don't deserve to have them. Big lesson here. A scene where the some mistreated toys got their revenge and they disappeared rammed this point home.

5. Expose kids to all sorts of people, as well as all sorts of experiences. The snooty kids were exposed to chimney sweeps, a bag lady and other people from below their social class. Never judge a book by its cover was a lesson learned through exposure.

Just a few thoughts for you to ponder
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