Posted by Joke at 8:08 AM
blackbird posted at 1:47 PM, March 30, 2006
well, look at that...
it appears we are running the SAME households.
Joke posted at 2:00 PM, March 30, 2006
I am an absolute monarch, albeit a benevolent (usually) one.
Carolyn posted at 2:09 PM, March 30, 2006
It all sounds like good advice to me!
julia posted at 2:14 PM, March 30, 2006
I thought this was how all households were run. It's how my mother ran ours and how I run mine.
Except the baby. Can you tell me how to reason with a 16 month-old with a double ear infection who wants nothing more, at 1 a.m., than to get in bed with mummy and daddy? And I want reasoning that doesn't involve me hanging over her crib for two hours, rubbing her back, while she punctures my eardrums, scares the cat and freaks out the dog with her blood-curdling screams.
MsCellania posted at 2:46 PM, March 30, 2006
Shit Yes! This is called P A R E N T I N G. Few people practice it. We do. It wasn't always this way. I was overwhelmed, and a Speech Therapist suggested I read 1-2-3 Magic - it's love amd logic parenting for the 2-12 yo set. It changed our lives.
I have a special needs kid. I have to Be The Boss. All the time.
I don't ask, I offer 2 choices; My way or something dire.
We can take our children anywhere. They are 4 and 5, and sit nicely to eat. They are polite. They know they are not the center of universe. They also know how to be assertive when their bratty friends try to take advantage of them. They have to have spines, after all.
I don't yell or spank (okay, but not often!). I don't have to. We do use time outs, and loss of privileges.
My favorite expression is "We will wait." If I ask them to do something, nothing else happens in their little lives until they do what has been requested.
The Rules apply to all who visit. My GFs are astonished how well their children behave in our house. One GF swears the kids are begging "Scold me some more, Ant Vickee!"
--erica posted at 6:04 PM, March 30, 2006
Can I print this off and hand it out at school?
no. not kidding.
Joke posted at 6:40 PM, March 30, 2006
Go forth and multiply the copies.
P.S. If you want something a bit more, y'know, Scriptural to add throw in Pr. 13:24 for a bit of oomph.