I used to love reading "My Turn" in Newsweek magazine. This was an article submitted by a reader on a topic of choice. The one article I remember over the years was from a new parent about applause. She openly contemplated what it would be like if each one of her actions was actually applauded by her family, co-workers and public. For example, walking down the hall to her office and getting to work just a few minutes late after a busy morning and having her workmates give her applause for the accomplishment. Just like the applause parents and friends give babies as they learn to walk, talk and yes, go to the potty. After a simple accomplishment, the adult claps and cheers, and will likely get a toothy grin from ear to ear by a very happy to please toddler. Ah, the joy of parenthood!
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posted Friday, February 3, 2012, 12:00 AM