I am guilty! Yes, very, very guilty! Guilty of treating my kids like my friends. Yes, I do it. I sway back and forth between parent and homegirl. Yes, I also know, I am sending mixed messages. But the first sign of grow is recognition!
Yesterday both of my children took (snuck) toys to school. Pokemon cards and barbies to be exact. One of the girls showed me the cards as they got on the bus, and the other wave her dolls out the school bus window as the bus rode past me and my daily wave goodbye. Did I serve a hot tray of discipline? NO! I gave them a funny face letting them know it was not cool, BUT I was also not upset, thus no discipline.
Today, knowing they should not take toys to school they both packed toys boldly in front of me and the youngest even got mad about how many toys she had in comparison to her sister. Although, she already had packed the most toys, she was still poppin' off.
So, my point of the story is if you are like me, we gotta step our game up. Yes it is fun showering our children with love, but we have to teach them boundaries. The boundary for this situation is, no bringing toys to school. It is like, not bringing gum to gymnastics or large earrings to dance! It's like sneaking a gun in your backpack, just because you want to and you think it is cool. NOT!
Don't get me wrong! My kids are far from off the hook! As I am sure you kids are far from out of total control. But, a little crying and whining here. A little pouting and puppy dog eyes there! Uuuum, we just can't look with our hearts, we have to see those tears with our minds!
I am a new parent and I am learning as I go! We can learn together! One day at a time!
On those days, our kids are still not our friends!
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