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Princess has difficulty remembering names and quite often mispronounces words.  Unless you are familiar with her vocabulary and expressions you might be completely confused, like our grown son (Son2) one day, while talking about the baby birds in the nest outside our back door.  

Princess to Son2:  "If you peek at da baby bewd it wiw HUNCHEW down!  Hahahaha!!!" (evil-sounding laugh)  

Son2: "uhhhh okay..." (priceless confused facial expression)

Mom: "HUNKER down, as in HIDE"


One afternoon I was struggling with the new VHS/DVD player we got for Christmas. (we saved our old VHS tapes from when our other kids were little.) I couldn't figure out how to open the thing to take out a VHS tape and put in a new one.  After pressing every button on the remote and on the box for what seemed like half an hour, it finally opened.

Princess said smugly, "YEP, that's wite, Mom. You have to keep twying and not give up." #sassy 

While carrying groceries into the house:

Mom: "you can carry the bag with the eggs and bread 'cause they're not too heavy"

Princess gets excited and in a hurry but still has to hold the wall as she climbs stairs.  She tripped and fell on her knees at the top.  After she got up crying and I wiped her tears and checked her knee to make sure it was ok we went back for more groceries.  On the way back up the stairs I said, "ok, we're not racing.  You can go slow so you don't fall again."

Princess: "Ok Mama.  Go da speed wimit?" :D 

Princess is such a big girl, using the bathroom all by herself! This morning she left the bathroom naked, hands still dripping wet, so she can't turn the doorknob to open her bedroom door. I was sitting at the dining room table feeding the baby, watching to see what she would do next.

Princess: *KNOCK KNOCK* (she actually knocked on her bedroom door) :D

Mom: "Who is going to open the door for you? Pooh Bear?"

Princess: "Pooh Baow! Wet me in!!" #stuffedanimalsarereal


During our normal bedtime routine I'm kneeling in front of Princess as I give her therapeutic arm and leg hugs while rubbing lotion on her, and we're singing the counting song together.  She stops in the middle of the song to look down into my mouth with a very concerned expression.  


Mom: "let's finish the song.  Don't interrupt"  I KNOW she's totally distracted but bracing myself for what she wants to say about my mouth now.

After the song we're done with lotion and she immediately says, 

"Mama yo teef gonna faw out when you get oder!"

Then of course she ran to tell Papa..."Mama's teef are gonna faw out when she gets ode!

A few months ago while I was brushing her teeth she looked up and said, "Mama you have a BEEODE (beard) in yo nose!!"  

My hair will probably fall out too, at this rate.  


Kim Rinks

...It (podcast episode with Fierce Freedom) was so interesting, insightful and inspiring.  It made me think about my own relationship with my kids and if I gave them enough affirmation..

Morgan M.

I believe this book is absolutely necessary and beneficial for parents, and it should be in every family's household.  I fully plan to order more books for our support group as well as freely within our clinic for other therapists to utilize with their young clients.


Genise is an asset to any community she is involved in.  her character is impeccable and that shows through all she is connected with.  Genise ends up positively influencing those around her with her quiet excellence and wisdom..

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