Tuesday, January 6, 2009

I realize I am playing with fire and I might get burned...

Anyone who knows me knows that I have a unique and usually bassakwards (not a typo) way of doing/looking at things. For instance... if there is a stack of books on the table and someone asks "please hand me the first one" I would grab the one on the bottom of the stack, the first one in the stack. I bet 95% of people would grab the top one. Well, parenting is no different.

So I am trying something new. I let the kids put me in timeout if I am bad. I actually brought this up. One day I lost my temper (yes, it does happen) and yelled at them over something. After I calmed down I asked them "Should Daddy go to time out for yelling?" They all shook their heads yes. So off I went to the corner. No, I did not do one minute for every year of my age:) After about a minute I asked them if I could come out and they said yes. I then told them I was sorry for getting mad and asked if they would forgive me, they did:)

The way I see it if I expect something from them then they should expect it from me. I actually had Addison tell me to say please the other day when I asked one of them to do something. I say yes sir/yes mam and no sir/no mam. I also try my best to say please and thank you, etc... I have always heard that they do as you do, not as you say. I must say, I am taking the road less travelled and I know it will be a rocky one. But when is the easy road the right one?

William using their "Big Truck" to do some Haulin'

He was a dreamer, a thinker, a speculative philosopher... or, as his wife would have it, an idiot.
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Stormy said...

I applaud you! The road you are taking is a rocky one but will be well worth the work you put into it now. God Bless

Kaitlin said...

Polite kids show that they have polite parents and that they were raised right. That always impresses me. No matter how hard it may be at times, it's totally worth it.