Pamela - posted on 08/18/2010 ( 31 moms have responded )
Just a question, what happened to the act of PARENTING our children? I find that parents are being controlled by their young children rather then controlling them. eg."my son wont pick up his toys, what do I do?" MAKE HIM! is anyone with me on that? when my 2 year old won't pick up his toys, I don't give him any other choice. I ask him nicely, then tell him, then I take him by the hand and "assisst" him in picking up one or two. usually by then he gets the hint and will finish the job with no questions.
when eating out at a restaraunt (including McDonald's) my son is expected to sit in his chair and eat (or not eat as the case may be), it gets harder to contain him when there are other children running around the restaruant. I am not saying that I am perfect - far from it, my son? he is a typical 24 month old. I think the difference is that I have expectations for his behaviour, the way my parents had for me. does any one else feel this way?
Some times I want to scream "YOU ARE THE PARENT!" at people in stores or restaruants. It bothers me to hear things like "if you stop throwing the balls on the floor I'll buy you some crayons" or "if you come back and sit down (come out from under the table) I'll get you ice cream" or "Jimmy/Jane didn't have a nap today"
FIRST- if your "angel" is throwing the balls on the floor make him/her pick them up and appologize to the people they hit with them. no crayons or other treats, if the behaviour continues, leave the store.
SECOND- if your "baby" is acting like a heathen in a restaruant- get a high chair or booster seat and buckle them in, if they continue to act out - pay the bill, get your dinner to go, and leave!
THIRD- It seems like Jimmy or Jane has sleep deprivation issues because they seem to NEVER have a nap! that is no excuse for poor beaviour, do I get to act out when I'm tired?
any one else subscribe to the "OLD SCHOOL" book on parenting? I could rant on this all day!