Wednesday, January 21, 2009
The Roost has a post up today about being a leader which led to a discussion about parenting. I am amazed by people I see that do not parent their kids. I see them parent when it fit in with their schedule, but I do not see the consistency that kids need. My husband and I were having a conversation last night about this... after I had relayed stories about the lack of parenting. "I may not always parent correctly, but I always parent." I mess up all the time. I attending many seminars and read many 'self-help' books. Consistency is the key... my son just came downstairs (and it's early) usually he grabs a book, but instead I heard the sound of the Wii... In our house the rule is no Wii during the week - period. So, all I said was, quietly was... No, Pepe. No fuss, no tantrum... he just turned it off because that was the rule. Kids will always try to bend the rules, but once a rule is in place it is set. Now, if I could just get them to flush the toilet :)
What strategies do you use to parent? Is it consistency? Punishment? Rewards/Priveleges? Do you have a book or a seminar that you've found particularly useful? Let me know...