“My parents brought me to Tuesday’s Child when I was a toddler. My mom likes to say that I was “incredibly strong-willed and intelligent”. Other people in my family say that I was, “Just terrible!”
I refused to walk anywhere and insisted on riding in the stroller even though I was too big for it. I didn’t like to wear a coat and refused to let my mom zip me into it. I drew on the walls with lipstick and permanent marker and then blamed it on my imaginary friend. I cut up my mom’s new curtains because I said I needed them to make my baby doll a blanket.
When my parents took me to Tuesday’s Child everything changed. They learned how to set consistent limits and also give positive rewards. I still remember the pictures all over the house of me doing things like brushing my teeth or taking a bath. When I did those things without throwing a tantrum, I got a sticker.
I am now 26 and I am almost nothing like that little toddler. I still think that I am strong-willed and independent and I know what I want, but I can also balance that with what I should do and what other people might want me to do.
I got a degree in Spanish and Sociology from UIUC and now am a Spanish teacher for 1st through 8th grade. Everyday I see the benefits of how our school and community both set limits and express love and encouragement for these kids, just like my parents did for me.”
Nancy and her family completed our Behavioral Intervention program.
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