Monday, January 7, 2013

PARENTING IS DISCIPLINING

I am pretty nice. I am. Ask folks. More often than not, I’m told I am too nice. But then again, I do tend to bottle up my frustrations. I may be smiling a cheesy grin on the outside, but on the inside, I'm shaking my head going, ‘really?!  REALLY?!’
Yeah, so here goes…
When your kid steals a toy or pushes another child, do you stay standing 10 feet away, possibly adding a wimpy, "hey, let's not hit?" (Wuss!) Or do you run on over to your demon spawn and explain the basic fundamentals of common courtesy? Maybe encourage an apology? Demand some type of obedience? Huh, do ya?!
Just asking. Because I see a lot of parenting from the sidelines. All watching and no action. Sometimes even no watching – playing on their phone rather.
When my kids act douchey poorly, especially around the age of when douchey poor behavior is rampant (aka preschool years through elementary on through middle school), I get up in their grill and make sure they know that I am on to them.
Are parents afraid of hurting their kid's feelings? Are they afraid that if they blow it off in front of other parents those parents will somehow not notice the douchey poor behavior of the other kid? Get a backbone, people! Part of parenting is mentoring, guiding, and DISCIPLINING.
So there you have it people. My rant on people who parent without any sense of accountability.
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